Have regional trading agreements (RTAs) boosted intra-regional trade in southern Africa? How has the direction and composition of intra-regional trade in southern Africa changed during the three decades to 2008? And how can the region improve its trade performance? African leaders have long recognized the importance of regional integration as a way of supporting economic development. While the speed of their implementation has been inconsistent, the continent’s initiatives in regional economic co-operation are showing some progress.
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