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By Ahmed Galal, Bernard M. Hoekman

Regardless of quite a few makes an attempt within the moment 1/2 the 20 th century, Arab states haven't been winning in forming a nearby financial bloc. alternate one of the Arab states is still hampered by means of excessive price lists and customs and transportation bottlenecks. Integration efforts are principally constrained to makes an attempt at decreasing alternate obstacles in items and feature now not prolonged to the carrier zone. whereas labour mobility is a bit glaring, capital mobility in the area is still restricted. the continued liberalization of exchange in items in the course of the better Arab loose alternate zone, scheduled for whole implementation in 2007, brings renewed curiosity to a longstanding objective. This quantity examines the commercial and political incentives surrounding Arab local integration. The participants concentrate on 3 matters: the failure of earlier makes an attempt at integration, the impression on nations concerned with any destiny integration and the prospective classes from different neighborhood reviews, relatively the ecu Union. a typical subject matter is the significance of extending the succeed in of cooperation efforts past exchange in items.

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It implies a shift from a high-cost member of a bloc to a low-cost member and hence enhances welfare. Trade diversion refers to the shifting of existing trade from a low-cost nonmember to a high-cost member, which would have a negative effect on welfare. Obviously, the desirability of regional integration would depend on the net effect of trade creation and trade diversion. In contrast, new explanations of regional integration have evolved at a time when most countries are following more open and outward-oriented strategies and when the private sector plays the leading role in economic activities.

3 billion in 1999–2000. The composition and geographical destination of exports also have become more diversified. In terms of composition, the share of manufactured exports to total exports increased from 27 percent in 1990–91 to 45 percent in 1999–2000, while the importance of traditional resource-based exports—such as crude oil and agriculture and mining products—declined from 40 percent in 1990–91 to 19 percent in 1997–98. 1 The bad news is that the growth rates of Egyptian exports were very small relative to the growth in GDP.

In contrast, new explanations of regional integration have evolved at a time when most countries are following more open and outward-oriented strategies and when the private sector plays the leading role in economic activities. The development of incentives to integrate regionally resulted in 13. Viner (1950). 14 The above gains are neither automatic nor instant. Certain conditions must be fulfilled to ensure that countries will benefit from regional arrangements and hence have sufficient motivation to integrate.

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