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Drawing Lessons for Policy-Makers: Drivers & Politics of Regional Integration in Southern Africa

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High-level Dialogue on the Drivers and Politics of Regional Integration in Southern Africa
Bruce Byiers
Presentation Day 1
2-3 July 2013
Roodevallei Hotel
Pretoria, South Africa

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Drawing Lessons for Policy-Makers: Drivers & Politics of Regional Integration in Southern Africa

  1. 1. 3. Drawing Lessons for Policy-Makers Drivers & Politics of Regional Integration in Southern Africa
  2. 2. • Functional cooperation taking place • Regional decision-making structures make implementation hard • Commitments easily taken and not necessarily planned to implement • Also genuine constraints – capacity, finance • Functional cooperation yes, but need for development also – not just extraction • Private sector key driver and beneficiary of corridors – but “just doing what it does” Summary
  3. 3. • Investment and PS bodies can play roles • Processes key – pragmatic issues - why not moving faster? • Accountability on implementation, interface on issues also important • Implementation only if in interest (incentives? SADC trade protocol and SAPs? CBI and EU grants?) • Political change a major issue for stability Summary
  4. 4. 1. How to better harness functional integration? • How to formalise bottom-up, not top-down? • Can effective champions be created, private sector coalitions built? • Are corridors a pragmatic solution to RI? • What does it mean to “accept non-implementation” starting point? 2. How to improve RI accountability & enforcement mechanisms? • How to go beyond private sector as guest? Joint Institutions? • Do they care? • Can private sector be a monitor/driver of implementation? • Role for regional desks in national planning entities or ambassadors at RECs? • PS opinion polls/rankings? 3. What can we draw for tripartite or APEI? Lessons for national, RECs, EU, other policy makers?
  5. 5. Thank you www.ecdpm.org www.saiia.org.za Page 5

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