Policies for Promoting Regional Agricultural Trade uri icon

abstract

  • This paper deals with the political issues of trade liberalization after giving a brief account of the potential and barriers to intraregional trade in Southern Africa. The position in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe supports the view that there is a significant potential for trade; barriers to trade are due to the external trading regime, internal policies and external factors, notably food aid. The liberalization of the internal food economy is expected to give rise to additional trade flows among the countries. Regional integration schemes may further contribute to trade expansion, however, only if they are used as a step to worldwide integration and if an effective institutional framework is secured.

publication date

  • 1993
  • 1993