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Trade and Development: Is South-South Co-operation a Feasible Strategy?

J. Moen
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Jarle Møen and Jon Roger Moen ()

Working Papers from Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration-

Abstract: The first part of this article gives a brief overview of the main problems facing the developing countries in the present international trading system, and reviews the debate on import substitution vs. export promotion. Towards this background the main part of the article discusses South-South co-operation as an alternative or complementary development strategy. Global South-South co-operation and collective self-reliance is largely dismissed as an ideologically motivated policy recommendation, overlooking the large number of conflicting interests among developing countries. The areas of joint interest are greater at regional or subregional levels, and a number of South-South integration schemes have been signed during the last decade. There are several potential gains associated with these integration processes, but substantial economic and political barriers have to be overcome. When geographically and politically possible, North-South integration schemes may have larger advantages than pure South-South arrangements.

JEL-codes: F13 F15 O19 O20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
Date: 1998
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