oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Law as a factor for regional integration: SADCC - problems and prospects



This brief article analyses the aims of the Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference (SADCC). It looks at the historical aspects as well as the problems confronting the organisation. The legal problems concern existing import/export rules, visa requirements and varying legal regimes. Possible solutions range from the abolition of licences for imports and exports in SADCC trade, and the abolition of the visa requirement for the citizenry of the region; to the replacement of the legal regimes by the United Nations texts dealing with international trade. This would remove any uncertainties or ambiguities arising where trade is conducted in an atmosphere of varying legal regimes, and bring the organisation closer to fulfIlling one of the wishes of the Founding Fathers, viz the creating of links to create a genuine and equitable regional integration.


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