MERCOSUR Experience in Regional Integration: What could Africa learn from it?

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Posted Jul 10, 2019 | Policy Center for the New South, Pedro da Motta Veiga, Sandra Polónia Rios

The Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR) - composed of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela (now suspended), and Bolivia in process of incorporation - has not progressed much beyond a customs union. Africa has undergone similar regional and sub-regional integration. In their paper for the Policy Center for the New South, Pedro da Motta Veiga and Sandra Polónia Rios extract from MERCOUR’s experience evidence that could be useful for the African debate on the challenges to regional integration on the continent. The most relevant criterion of Africa’s integration projects should be their ability to influence and shape the behaviour of public and private players within and outside their blocs.


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