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The Economic Dimension of Contemporary Afro-Arab Relations: Taher Hamdi Kanaan

This paper is a short review of the salient characteristics and recent development of economic relationships between Arab countries, including those in Africa (the Arabs for short), on the one hand, and the non-Arab developing countries of Africa (Africa for short), on the other. 1 The paper will also touch on the future prospects of said relationships in the light of the economic interests and problems of each of the two groups of countries. The discussion will concentrate on developments in the 1970s, the decade which witnessed, on the Arab side, the emergence of the oilexporting countries' financial potential, and, on the African side, the eruption of the so-called 'African crisis' with the non-Arab states of the continent suffering economic difficulties of unprecedented severity since they attained political independence.