Regional Trade Integration, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Southern Africa

Regional Trade Integration, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Southern Africa

Edited by Moses Tekere

Despite a long history of regional integration and a multiplicity of regional organisations in southern Africa, the effect of regional integration on economic growth and poverty reduction remains debatable or elusive. This causes many to doubt whether regional integration is in actual fact an effective poverty-reduction strategy. Accordingly, the focus of this book is to explore and analyse whether specific Southern African Development Community (SADC) trade integration policies, especially the trade liberalisation regime, have produced economic growth and reduced poverty in the region. While it is generally agreed that economic growth is the panacea to poverty reduction, there is little evidence as to whether regional integration in Africa is associated with economic growth in the countries concerned and subsequently leads to poverty reduction.

The book makes recommendations on how the SADC FTAs can contribute to poverty reduction and socioeconomic development, and goes on to suggest policy proposals on how to enhance the contribution of the FTAs to poverty eradication and economic development. It also identifies specific activities to be undertaken to enable supply-side and productive competitiveness interventions to support the FTAs and contribute to economic development. The potential constraints and negative impacts of the FTAs are investigated and highlighted, and possible solutions are recommended and motivated.

ISBN 9780798303040 | 288 pages | 234 x 156 mm | 2012 | Africa Institute of South Africa, South Africa | Paperback

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About the Editor

Moses Tekere

Moses Tekere holds a PhD in International Economic Relations from Kiev State University and is the founding director of TRADES Centre. He has extensive experience in working on multilateral and regional trade policy issues and has worked in more than 30 African countries as a trade and economic policy advisor. Previously, he was a senior advisor on multilateral trade negotiations for SADC and has taught at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), at Keio University in Tokyo, and at various other institutions of higher learning in East and Southern Africa. He is currently the Chief Technical Negotiator for East and Southern Africa (ESA) Group for Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the European Union (EU). He has written and published extensively on international trade, regional trade integration and economic reforms and development.

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