The rationale for African integration is self-evident. 54 underdeveloped countries with low populations and low GDPs translates into 54 countries with small domestic markets which renders them unsuitable for large capital investments. The fact that the African state system is a legacy of colonialism and that post-colonial borders were drawn to reflect colonial agendas cutting across cultural and socio-economic zones is another argument in favour of regional integration. The upcoming thematic issue of the Horn of Africa Bulletin, on the ‘A Community of Peoples: Bottom up Regional Integration in the Horn of Africa’ will in general terms address the issue of integration in the Horn that is driven by bottom-up dynamics.
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