Article from ROAPE Volume 9 Number 23
Regional Cooperation in Southern Africa: SADCC
This article deals with attempts during the last three years to build up regional cooperation between nine independent states in southern Africa. It details the ambitious plans, especially in the field of transport, that have been put forward by SADCC (Southern African Development Co-ordination Conference), and explores the problems involved in bringing them to fruition. These issues are examined against a background of the extreme dependence of the SADCC countries on SA. Finally, the political problems of SADCC - the differing ideological and policy stances of the nine states, especially vis-a-vis SA, and the role of imperialist interests - are raised, together with the need for more adequate theoretical understanding of regionalism and ‘sub-imperialism’ .