Africa in Fact Issue 22, May 2014: Regional integration - Apart at the seams
This month's Africa in Fact looks at regionalism and integration. Africa is a patchwork of artificial states, where political boundaries seldom coincide with national identities. African responses to these imposed divisions have ranged from migration and support for separatist movements to the formation of regional economic communities, free-trade areas and custom-free zones. But without stronger and more focused political will, Africa’s regions will not succeed. The East African Community—one of the more successful projects—shows how integration can be accelerated when the will is there. Other African countries and regions could draw lessons from this experience. The entire continent could share this enlarged prosperity.