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June 2013 - Regional Integration Policy Papers - Intra-Regional Trade in Southern Africa - Structure - Performance and Challenges
The promotion of growth through increased intra-trade and deeper regional economic integration hold much promise in Southern Africa. In particular, with the mixed neighbourhoods of low and medium income countries as well as landlocked, coastal and island countries, regional integration offers possibilities to leverage and extend economic comparative advantage at a regional level in ways not accessible through national programs. The region is, therefore, moving with the continent and is adopting a more outward economic orientation and deepening regional integration programs. A number of regional arrangements are already in place and most countries are members in at least one regional grouping with overlapping memberships.