Author(s): Michel RR
Integration is a phenomenon that has been gaining ground the world over. It can be seen in the Americas in the forms of a customs unions like MERCOSUR (South America) or a free trade area like NAFTA (North America), a common market in Europe with the EU, and regional cooperation in Asia with ASEAN. It comes as nosurprise therefore that Africa would be on the verge of the development of an African Union AU) with gross aims to be a common market similar to the EU. The major building blocks for this union are the regional integration groups that have been established throughout the continent.