oa Africa Insight - The contribution of SARCCUS to development and Department of Commerce-operation in Southern Africa

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The concept of sustained interterritorial co-operation in science and technology on the African continent south of the Sahara is believed to have been the brain child of General J.C. Smuts, erstwhile Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa. No doubt his political experiences during World War II with the colonial powers in Africa - Britain, Belgium, France and Portugal - strengthened his belief that this was both desirable and possible. Moreover, at the purely scientific level there were many precedents to prove that co-operation provides the only effective means of dealing with problems which ignore political boundaries. The achievements of the Pan-African locust Bureau and the Permanent Inter-African Bureau of Trypanosomiasis and Tsetse provided suitable examples.

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