Intra-regional trade has long been existent prior to the entry of European colonizers. People trade because they want to maximise profits and acquire goods that are scarce in the region. Some hidden benefits of trade would also involve the utilization of resources of one country or region while pursuing large scale production of commodities that would sell higher. One particular case would be mining. The need for precious metals like gold and silver does not diminish including metals like copper, silver and nickel which are precious raw materials in the production of electronic gadgets and electrical parts used in cars and computers. Whether the trade goes by government channels which often is tainted with red tape or through private firms, as long as the demand is high it will continue to proliferate. De jure integration is vital to protect the patrimony of any nation or region.