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Globalization, Regionalization and Information-Communication Convergence of Africa


  • Vlatka Bilas

    () (Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Zagreb)

  • Sanja Franc

    (Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Zagreb)


Globalization is characterized by many accomplishments of the world economy: from regional trade agreements proliferation to the acceptance of international standards. One way of integrating Africa into globalization trends is through regional integrations. However, Africa's dependence upon its colonial leaders has not reflected well on the process of regional integration. Regionalism in Africa was led by public sector organizations and it was done without the public support and the support of private sector. Information-communication technology represents another limiting factor to Africa's integration into the globalization and regionalization processes. This paper analyses Africa's position in the global economy and the level of involvement in regionalization trends. Special focus is given to the analyses of the role of information-communication technology in a successful development of Africa and its inclusion into the global trends. Classification-ACM-1998: J.4 [Computer Applications]; Social and behavioral sciences - Sociology

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  • Vlatka Bilas & Sanja Franc, 2010. "Globalization, Regionalization and Information-Communication Convergence of Africa," Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems - scientific journal, Croatian Interdisciplinary Society Provider Homepage:, vol. 8(2), pages 104-118.
  • Handle: RePEc:zna:indecs:v:8:y:2010:i:2:p:104-118

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    1. Shujiro Urata, 2004. "The Shift from "Market-led" to "Institution-led" Regional Economic Integration in East Asia in the late 1990s," Discussion papers 04012, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI).
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    globalization; regionalization; Africa; ICT;

    JEL classification:

    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • O14 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Industrialization; Manufacturing and Service Industries; Choice of Technology


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