Topic 6: Development through integration

Coordonned by the Prof  John O. IGUE

The issue of regional groupings has been source of concern in Africa for a long time. Political decision-makers started conducting experiments on regional groupings during the colonial period. In addition to France’s experimentations such as French West Africa (AOF) and French Equatorial Africa (AEF), the East African Community was established by the British in the 50s and brought together Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

 After independence, these experiments were extended to the other regions of the Continent and more than fifty regional cooperation and integration organisations were established. This trend has been accelerated by the ongoing globalisation process and the challenges of the nation-states to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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