Post-Apartheid Southern Africa: Economic Challenges and Policies for the Future: Proceedings of the 16th Arne Ryde Symposium, 23-24 August 1996, Lund, Sweden

Post-Apartheid Southern Africa: Economic Challenges and Policies for the Future: Proceedings of the 16th Arne Ryde Symposium, 23-24 August 1996, Lund, Sweden

Post-Apartheid Southern Africa: Economic Challenges and Policies for the Future: Proceedings of the 16th Arne Ryde Symposium, 23-24 August 1996, Lund, Sweden

Post-Apartheid Southern Africa: Economic Challenges and Policies for the Future: Proceedings of the 16th Arne Ryde Symposium, 23-24 August 1996, Lund, Sweden

Synopsis

This book is a valuable and topical study which offers a comprehensive and much-needed analytical overview of the extraordinary economic and political challenges now facing Southern Africa.

Excerpt

In view of the past tendencies of economic stagnation and the recent political changes in the Southern African region, the theme chosen for the 16th Arne Ryde Symposium was the prospects for economic integration and development in Southern Africa. This volume contains selected papers presented at the Symposium, 23-24 August 1996, held at the Grand Hotel, Lund, Sweden. the symposium was generously financed by the Arne Ryde Foundation which was established by Valborg and Sven Ryde, the parents of Arne Ryde who was an exceptionally promising young doctoral student at the Department of Economics, Lund University. Arne Ryde died in 1968, only 23 years old, after an automobile accident. Ever since 1973, the Arne Ryde Foundation has financed international symposia and lectures of importance for economic research, stimulating in particular the research of doctoral students, research fellows, lecturers and professors at the Department of Economics, Lund University.

In May 1995 I was asked by Professor Björn Thalberg at Lund University, Chairman of the Board of the Arne Ryde Foundation, to organise the 1996 Arne Ryde Symposium. in the light of recent political changes, I thought that it would be timely to arrange a symposium on South Africa’s transition from apartheid and the impact of this change on the region and its individual countries. South Africa’s economic and political reintegration has given the whole of Southern Africa a chance of a new beginning and created a precondition for fruitful regional cooperation.

I am very grateful to all who accepted the invitation and produced interesting papers on the various themes that were indicated in their respective invitations. Since the dismantling of apartheid was what made the theme so interesting and brought a large number of eminent economists from Southern Africa, the us, the uk and the Nordic countries to the symposium, I would like to extend special thanks to Ambassador Ignatius P.de Swardt, the South African Ambassador to Sweden, who gave an introductory lecture addressing the issue of economic growth and development for all countries in the region. Furthermore, I would like to express my gratitude to Björn Thalberg, Carl-Johan Belfrage and Göte Hansson, who assisted me in

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