VIDEO: Perspectives on Regional Integration – Lodwick Chizarura

Pexo Mateo-Phiri (Southern Africa People’s Solidarity Network SAPSN, Zambia) discusses regional integration, particularly focusing on the SADC (Southern African Development Community) process. Pezo goes on to explain how SAPSN is attempting to counter this approach by advocating a different type of regional integration. Interview filmed at the International Conference of Governments and Social Movements “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises” (21 and 22 July 2009, Asunción, Paraguay)

Lodwick Chizarura (SEATINI, sick Zimbabwe) discusses regional integration, its plausibility as a mechanism to change the current economic development model, and obstacles that stand in the way. He contends that the economic development model in Africa is a colonial one that needs to be removed and replaced by a harmonious regional system. Unfortunately, he states, the powerful nations are opposed to genuine regional integration in Africa and, as evidenced by the European Partnership Agreements, are determined to divide the region. Interview filmed at the International Conference of Governments and Social Movements “Regional Integration: an opportunity to face the crises” (21 and 22 July 2009, Asunción, Paraguay)



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