The Arab countries are increasingly recognising their importance as a regional economic grouping. Given the highly skewed distribution of natural, human and financial resources, the course of economic development in the Arab countries seems to be interrelated. Through pooling their resources and markets these countries will not only be able to optimise investment decisions but also broaden the potential for development. This book argues that economic integration is not merely a question of reducing or eliminating discriminatory measures, as emphasised in previous integration attempts. It calls rather for a positive action based on a regional investment strategy which coordinates production programmes, to reap the benefits of specialisation and scale. The book focuses on past industrialisation efforts in the Arab countries and examines the emerging patterns of industrial growth. A pioneering attempt is made to identify specific industries whose economic viability can be enhanced by conceiving them on a regional basis. The book concludes by framing a strategy for an integrated industrial development in the Arab region.
First published in 1982.
Part 1. A Theoretical Framework 1. Economic Integration and Development 2. An Approach to Industrial Integration Part 2. The Case of the Arab Middle East 3. Arab Economic Cooperation and Integration 4. Arab Economic Framework 5. Arab Industrial Development 6. Possibilities for Arab Industrial Integration 7. Integration Potential in the Arab Fertiliser Industry 8. A Strategy for Integrated Arab Industrial Development 9. Epilogue