Considering the size and similarities of the economies of a significant number of African countries regional integration and south-south cooperation would be beneficial for the continent. There are many issues on which regional integration and south-south cooperation could help improve standards and developmental benefits to Africa. Regional integration and south-south cooperation provides the space for increased interaction and pooling together of human resources to benefit countries and areas in need. Integration strengthens the negotiating powers of the union, particularly of smaller member economies and states.
The Africa Union is growing from strength to strength manifested from its capacity to resolve issues, take concrete political and economic decisions and forge new initiatives for the advancement of the continent. Regional Economic groupings such as ECOWAS, SADC, and COMESA exist and are developing great initiatives for the economic advancement and prosperity of the peoples in their respective regions. The AU and the regional groupings underscore the political, social and economic importance of regional integration for accelerating the pace of development and economic transfoemation of Africa. These pan-African groupings highlight the reason for hope and promise in continuing efforts towards regional integration. The groupings also underline the deep historical underpinnings behind the quest by Pan-Africanist visionaries such as Kwame Nkrumah towards African regional unity.
The objective of AGS is to assit and contribute towards the moving regional integration on this firm foundation to higher and strategic levels by helping African governments and key actors to adopt integration approaches, policies and initiatives that maximises the productive sectors of their economies. AGS would make avaliable to governments and key actors lessons that can be drawn both from past experiences and present initiatives towards consolidating regional integration and south-south cooperation. Drawing on the lessons countries will be better placed to balance economic cooperation with political cooperation. On the economic front, it should be possible for countries to go beyond the historical concentration of integration based on trade towards integration based on variety of issues and sectors that offer comparative advantage to the collective and country specific interest.
Advocacy Objective and Content
The Advoacy objective of Africa Global Emergence Center (AGEC) is to influence the adoption of policies, programmes, projects and agreements that contribute towards regional economic integration and maximise the productive sectors of the economies of the continent. To this end, the programme content for advocacy shall include but not limited to:
• Presenting the positive narratives, growth potentials and opportunities of the continent
• Regional integration and south-south cooperation
• Intra-Africa trade
• Science technology and innovation (STI) as key lever for structural transformation
• Value-Addition movement from low-value production to high value-addition production,
• Peace and Security
• Local enterprises development
• International development agreements that support poverty reduction and forms of development that are ecologically acceptable locally and internationally. Examples include SDGs and Climate Change.
• Conferences and meetings
• Roundtable discussions
• Briefing sessions
• Building partnerships and collaboration
• Recognition through awards and citations for various categories of innovation, creativity, leadership, etc.
• Capacity building