Regional Integration

The reasons to engage in regional integration are diverse and often driven by the larger countries in a region. These encounter different challenges along the way. For Russia, trade imbalances are a major impediment to pursuing a regional economic union. India has already taken steps towards strengthening its position in the region with preferential and free trade agreements. South Africa struggles to promote intraregional trade. The question arises, how emerging economies can effectively drive regional integration processes. Building on German experiences in Europe can be helpful, while the European integration path is not necessarily the proposed trajectory for all regions.

In this Policy Initiative , think tanks from Brazil, China, Germany, Russia and South Africa jointly develop research papers and policy recommendations on the priority issues indicated above. The Policy Initiative is coordinated by the South African think tank SAIIA in close cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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