One response to “Crossing borders and removing barriers”

  1. Randy

    A interesting look at just how hard it is to achieve economic integration in sub-Saharan Africa has been published by IPS. The article states that the members of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) are embroiled in controversy over the SACU’s common external tariff (CET).

    The smaller member states, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland think that the CET gives South Africa an instrument to protect its own industry, while the level playing field in the SACU makes it hard for the peripheral countries to build their own industrial bases and compete with their much larger neighbour’s products and services.