Southern Africa Today

Peace and political stability prevail in SADC but poverty challenges are “enormous”

The Chairperson of SADC, President Benjamin William Mkapa, has launched the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), a landmark blueprint meant to guide a new SADC that has emerged out of a rigorous restructuring process.


Year 2003 in southern Africa: a retrospective reflection

The year 2003, which started on a gloomy note with fears of starvation in parts of the region and tremors of US/British military might pounding Iraq, has ended on a much more promising note, specially with weather experts predicting a better agricultural season for southern Africa.


SADC seeks to move beyond cooperation towards integration

The SADC Summit, held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on 25-26 August reaffirmed SADC’s commitment to moving beyond regional cooperation towards achieving deeper integration of the economies of its
member states.


From Luanda to Dar es Salaam: SADC’s 23rd Summit

When SADC leaders met last year at the annual summit in Luanda, Angola, the region was celebrating the return to peace in the host country. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in his speech as new SADC chairperson outlined his vision for his one-year term at the helm of the 14-member organisation and predicted that the region would be more peaceful by the next summit.


African Union summit to focus on peace and NEPAD

The launch of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, and roundtable for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD); are among the most significant events expected during the second African Union summit scheduled to take place in the Mozambican capital, Maputo, from 4-12 July.


NEPAD and SADC macroeconomic policies

The success of the African Union’s New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) will rely significantly on the strength and performance of regional integration organisations such as SADC, which are the building blocs of the continental framework. This article highlights some of the key aspects of SADC’s macroeconomic environment and the policies that, if implemented effectively, can help the region achieve NEPAD goals and objectives. In another article in this issue we look in some detail at SADC’s single most important economic policy instrument, the SADC Trade Protocol.


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