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SADC Today, Vol.7 No.3 August 2004
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Mauritius hosts SADC annual summit
Leaders of SADC member states will convene in Mauritius on 16- 17 August to review the socioeconomic and political situation in the southern African region since the last summit, held in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.

President Mkapa inspires Secretariat staff
Tanzanian President and outgoing SADC Chairperson, Benjamin Mkapa, has exhorted SADC Secretariat staff to be efficient and effective, and to rise to the challenge of championing faster regional cooperation and integration.

SADC Protocols
At the SADC summit held in August 2003 in the United Republic of Tanzania, Heads of State and Government noted with concern that member states were slow in ratifying or acceding to protocols.

Economic Summit highlights Africa’s positive changes
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Af r ic a Economi c Summit, held early June in the Mozambican capital Maputo, came out strongly against repeated negative imaging of Africa, noting that there are many positive changes that are often ignored.

ACP countries seek real instruments of development in future relations with EU
SADC launched its negotiations with the European Union (EU) on 8 July in Windhoek, Namibia, a process that is being done within the cooperation framework of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. The launch was attended by a SADC task force of trade ministers and EU commissioners.

DRC: The search for peace continues
SADC has declared that it would not tolerate any activities to destabilise the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or against the transitional government.

Women’s economic empowerment vital for regional cooperation
Women in business from 10 SADC countries converged on Botswana's capital, Gaborone in June to showcase their products in a move to strengthen trade co-operation and opportunities in the region.

President Chissano hands over continent poised to achieve socio-economic integration
Mozambican President and former chairperson of the African Union (AU), Joaquim Chissano, in July presented to his successor, a continent poised to achieve socio-economic integration through poverty reduction and participation in the global economy.

Zambezi Watercourse Commission: The origins and purpose
The signing of the Zambezi Watercourse Commission agreement on 13 July is one of SADC’s achievements toward poverty eradication and economic development as outlined in the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP).

Mauritius: medley of beautiful beaches, ethnic and cultural diversity
The beautiful beaches, as well as ethnic and cultural diversity symbolise present-day Mauritius, which takes over the leadership the of SADC for the next 12 months.

Insights into Africa’s context-specific approaches to election observation and monitoringk
Elections have come to constitute perhaps the most fundamental aspect of Africa’s democratisation process, potentially allowing for the peaceful resolution of conflict.

Traditional chiefs form regional council
Traditional chiefs in SADC have formed the SADC Council of Traditional Leaders, which seeks to facilitate their participation in regional integration.

Wimbledon victories latest boost for SADC sports ahead of Athens Olympics
Zimbabwe’s double victory at the Wimbledon tennis tournament in July came as a major morale booster not only for the country but the southern African region ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games taking place in Athens, Greece from 13-29 August.

Statistics database vital
The 11th meeting of the SADC Statistics Committee has noted the need for further financial and technical assistance to ensure the continuation of a pilot project started in 2002 creating a socio-economic statistics database in the region.

Regional early warning system projects cereal deficit
The latest SADC Food Security Early Warning System report, released early July, projects an overall cereal production shortfall of more than 1.47 million metric tonnes for the 2004-05 season in the southern African region.

Wider input in trade talks urged
Namibian President Sam Nujoma has challenged SADC member states to advance citizens’ interests through active participation in the multilateral trading system.

AIDS in the 21st Century: Disease and Globalisation
“HIV and AIDS is not the first global epidemic and it certainly won’t be the last; it is a disease that is changing human history. HIV and AIDS shows up global inequalities. Its presence and impacts are felt most profoundly in poor countries and communities.”

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