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2011-2015 - Southern Africa - Regional Integration Strategy Paper
Regional integration has been a longstanding goal of the African Development Bank, an ideal that featured prominently in the 1964 Agreement that established the institution. Increasingly, African countries are realizing the relevance of regional integration to economic growth and Africa’s role in the global economy. Yet, the persistent hard and soft constraints on effective integration – the poorly developed network of regional infrastructure, especially in transport, energy and communications, and the unsuitable array of legal, institutional and regulatory frameworks – cannot be ignored.