Regional Co-operation Southern Africa: a study of the transport sector; the case of TAZARA

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University of Dar es Salaam
The importance of regional groupings in the developing countries in general and Africa in particular is in broad outline, both well known and wider agreed upon among the Africa States. There is, however a lack of political commitment and economic strategies which are necessary for the attainment of economic development, transformation and regional cooperation. Yet, without these things no economic development, transformation or regional cooperation can be attained. In the context of Africa, most of the regional groupings that have been established such as the former E.A.C. ; ECOWAS; the Kagera River Basin etc have followed the broader O.A.U. co-operation. Consequently, some of them such as the E.A.C. have collapsed while others such as the 0.A.U. itself, ECOWAS, etc face a number of problems both internal and external, which threaten their existence. In that case, the purpose of this study is to loon into whether or not the recent regional co -operation initiated and adopted by the independent African states in Southern Africa will overcome both South Africa's economic and political domination and the international capitalist system. For the objective of SADCC is not only to reduce economic dependence on South Africa but also to lead the member states to the attainment of economic development, transformation and regional co-operation on a larger scale. Ultimately the objective is the attainment of self-reliant and self-sustained economies. The basic question_ is, to what extent will ADCC lead rnember states to attain these objectives ? This study thus, concentrates on the transport sector because it is ore of the major sectors being dominated not only by the B oer regime in South Africa but also by the international capitalist system. The study calls for the mobilization of internal resources both natural and human the linkages of the various economic sectors including the railway system of tran s-port and the transformation of the whole social -economic and political structures and institutions which are a hindrance to the further economic development and transformation in the SADCC countries. The study further calls far the mobilization of workers, peasants and all the progressive forces in the overall strategy "Southern Africa: Towards Economic Liberation".
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Tanzainia Zambia Railway, Railroads, African, Southern, Southern Africa Development Coordination Conference
Ekingo, E. H. M (1987) Regional Co-operation Southern Africa: a study of the transport sector; the case of TAZARA, masters dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at ( )