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REGIONAL INTEGRATION: CONCEPTS, ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES AND LESSONS OF EXPERIENCE Lolette Kritzinger-van Niekerk Senior Economist World Bank: SA Country.

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1 REGIONAL INTEGRATION: CONCEPTS, ADVANTAGES, DISADVANTAGES AND LESSONS OF EXPERIENCE Lolette Kritzinger-van Niekerk Senior Economist World Bank: SA Country Office Central Bank of Mozambique May 2005, Maputo, Mozambique

2 OUTLINE Why Regional Integration? What is Regional Integration Pre-conditions and Principles for Regional Integration

3 Africa is the most fragmented continent 47 small economies in SSA = Belgian economy or 50% of Spai Integration helps overcome fragmentation Create larger markets to permit economies of scale, wider competition and increased foreign investment Accelerate opening of economies to the rest of the world Enhance credibility of national reform through lock-in policy mechanisms Strengthen unity for international negotiations Reduce/resolve inter-state conflicts Why integration in Sub-Saharan Africa?

4 Traditional gains from RIAs –trade gains –Increased returns and competition –Increased Investment Non-traditional gains from RIAs –Lock in to domestic reforms –Signaling –Insurance –Coordination and bargaining power –Security

5 Regional Integration & Trade an effective means for accelerating trade reform in Africa? Empirical evidence suggests –UTL is superior to trade blocs –N-S RIAs are likely to be superior to S-S RIAs Thus guiding principle: –Gains from S-S RTAs may be > with deeper RTAs (it extent of trade diversion) & with openness with rest of the world (generates usual gains from trade

6 Regional Integration and Trade an effective means for accelerating trade reform in Africa? Most African countries are members of regional trade blocs (FTAs or CUs) with a set of intra-regional and external trade policies (new trend for open regionalism based on open and free market) Serious implementation of RIAs rules by individual countries would lower, not higher trade barriers (zero intraregional tariff, and lower average external tariff) Example: UEMOA – average nominal tariff went down from ~ 25% (pre-1996) to 12% (2000). Intra-regional trade went up from ~10% (pre-1996) to to 14% (2000). Tariffs remain high for countries that did not implement reforms seriously (CEMAC, Nigeria).

7 Regional Integration and larger markets an effective means for positive scale and competition effects? Empirical evidence suggests –Diversification towards manufacturing requires: scale, low transaction costs, investment friendly and noticeable economic space. Implied growth in manufacturing will go a long way to spur trade – regional as well as global – attract FDI and promote regional investment –However, positive scale & competition effects through UTL > through RIAs, but then often easier to do regionally from a political viewpoint – less competition, plus reciprocal Guiding principle are: –Deeper regional integration: can help by enlarging and opening up the economic space, driving down production and transaction costs. –Broader substantive coverage than strictly market integration may be required to address supply-side constraints

8 PolandEUBrazilArgentinaBurkin a Faso Cote dIvoire KenyaEU POLITICAL: Security+0++??+?0 Bargaining Being noticed Policy lock-in+0++0? +?0 Cooperation ?0 ECONOMIC: Scale and competition+++? 0?+? 0 Trade diversion-? Fiscal-0-? -+?-0 Trade and location+++? -+ 0 Technology transfer+0+? 00+0 Pluses and Minuses of Regional Integration

9 What is regional integration ? Integration understood to have three dimensions

10 Ghana Nigeria AMU ECOWAS WAEMU São Tomé & Príncipe Egypt Burundi * Rwanda * DR Congo Malawi * Zambia * Zimbabwe * Comoros * Madagascar * Mauritius * Seychelles * ECCAS COMESA SADC SACU CEMAC Mano River Union IGAD Mozambique IOC Tanzania 1 * Kenya * Uganda * EAC Ethiopia Eritrea Sudan Somalia South Africa Botswana Lesotho Namibia * Swaziland * Liberia Sierra Leone Cameroon Central African Rep. Gabon Equat. Guinea Rep. Congo Chad Cape Verde Gambia Guinea-Bissau Benin Togo Côte dIvoire Niger Burkina Faso Mali Senegal Conseil de lEntente Guinea CILSS Angola Nile Basin Initiative * CBI Algeria Libya Morocco Tunisia Mauritania GEOGRAPHIC SCOPE: RIAs in AFRICA ACRONYMS AMU:Arab Maghreb Union CBI:Cross Border Initiative CEMAC:Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa CILSS:Permanent Interstate Committee on Drought Control in the Sahel COMESA:Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa EAC:East African Community ECCAS:Economic Community of Central African States ECOWAS:Economic Community of Western African States IGAD:Inter-Governmental Authority for Development IOC:Indian Ocean Commission SACU:Southern African Customs Union SADC:Southern African Development Community WAEMU:West African Economic and Monetary Union Reunion Djibouti 1/ Tanzania is also a member of the Nile Basin Initiative

11 Substantive Coverage Problems whose solutions lie in a regional approach and less at problems that are common to all the concerned countries. Three main categories of regional issues: Regional commons which have no real national borders, such as certain infectious diseases (e.g. malaria) or air pollution. Public goods with trans-boundary implications e.g. cooperation in the management of shared natural resources (e.g. watersheds and international rivers), or regional safety and security, requiring participation of all countries to increase likelihood of success of any approach. Imbalance between individual country costs and benefits may hamper progress on cooperation Sectors which are best tackled through a regional integration approach also due to fragmentation e.g. convergence of macroeconomic policies harmonizing legal and regulatory frameworks; and improving scale and competition through the integration of infrastructure and markets for goods, finance, labor, and energy. Cooperation of all the countries greatly enhances the effectiveness of the sector. But still differences in range depth of sector/issue coverage among RIAs

12 Depth of Integration Cooperation Harmonisation Integration

13 Pre-conditions for successful Regional Integration Political Domestic peace/security in countries Political and civic commitment and mutual trust among countries Economic Stabilize: Minimum threshold of macro-economic and financial management in countries (price stability, realistic real exchange rates, etc.) Sufficiently broad national reforms to open markets

14 Key Principles for Successful Regional Integration Openness: National and regional markets too small: openness to the rest of the world essential Subsidiarity: Regional organizations should do only what national governments cannot do as well Private sector leadership: Integration must be for the people; private sector is the engine of integration Pragmatism: Variable geometry (countries join when ready and appropriate); variable speed (not all issues simultaneously); variable depth (degree of supranationality)


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