oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Economic cooperation in Southern Africa: structures, policies, problems
|Article Title||Economic cooperation in Southern Africa: structures, policies, problems|
|© Publisher:||Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law|
|Journal||Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Private Law, Rand Afrikaans University|
|Publication Date||Nov 1991|
|Keyword(s)||Commercial law, Common market, Economic cooperation, Economic integration, Free trade area, Legislation, Mineral rights, Preferential Trade Area for Eastern and Southern Africa, PTA, SADCC, Southern African Customs Union, Southern African Development Co-ordination Council, Southern African region and Transport|
Given the economic imbalances and ideological differences in the Southern African region, one can readily imagine that the nature of normal economic relations between South Africa and the other states of the region is not immediately apparent. One consequence of this is that complex legal problems are bound to arise and that the resolution of these problems will depend not merely on legal and technical expertise, but also on a sensitivity for the policy considerations that will inevitably surround such problems. In this article an attempt is made to provide a brief overview of different types of economic cooperation between states, of the most important existing structures for economic cooperation in the region, of some policy considerations for future economic cooperation and, finally, some examples of the many problem areas that would need to be addressed by lawyers if constructive economic cooperation is to be realised.
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