Why Africa must speak with one voice.
Globalization is a reality that has been defined in numerous ways and across different time frames. Whether we date it to the first venture of Homo Sapiens out of Africa 100, 000 years ago or to the technologically driven acceleration of world transactions from the 1980s, globalization is an essential element in the history of mankind.
For African countries, global interdependence should start locally by strengthening regional economic integration. These are the key factors that are likely to inhibit the rapid and sustained growth of many individual African countries: the small size of the typical African economy, the fact that many of them are landlocked, with poorly developed infrastructure services, insufficient economic and social stability. Countries that cannot compete regionally are unlikely to compete globally. One way of integrating Africa into globalization trends is through regional integrations.