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A Handbook on Regional Integration in Africa

Towards Agenda 2063

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The Political Economy of Regional Integration in Africa

Regional integration is a multidimensional process by which neighbouring countries within a demarcated geographical space increase their level of interaction with regard to economic, security, political, or social and cultural issues. In Africa, the 55 African Union (AU) member states are divided into five regions i.e. Central, East, North, Southern and West Africa. Regional integration involves the joining of individual states within these regions into a larger unit or bloc. The degree of integration depends upon the willingness and commitment of independent and autonomous states to cede or share their sovereignty.

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