Southern African News Features

Botswana signs SADC gender protocol

by Nyarai Kampilipili – SANF 17 no 20
A total of 14 countries in southern Africa out of the 15 have now signed a regional protocol that aims to advance gender equality and equity.

On 10 May Botswana became the latest Southern African Development Community (SADC) member state to sign the Revised SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. Read more

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation

by Tanaka Chitsa – SANF 17 no 19
Global leaders will meet in mid-May to discuss a new Chinese-led initiative to develop a seamless infrastructure network connecting Asia, Europe and Africa.

The Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, set for 14-15 May in Beijing, China, aims to increase communication routes and strengthen management of infrastructure projects involving the three continents. Read more

“Legacy of SADC Founding Fathers should be maintained”

SANF 17 no 18 – by Kizito Sikuka
Southern Africa has come a long way and the region should continue to uphold the ideals of the founding fathers for the benefit of future generations.

This was said by King Mswati III of Swaziland, the current chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), during his familiarization tour of the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana. Read more

SADC moves towards a Simplified Trade Regime

by Joseph Ngwawi – SANF 17 no 17
Studies and experiences from other parts of the world show that the simplification and streamlining of documentation requirements as well as import and export formalities significantly reduces transaction costs associated with trade. Read more

SADC reviews forestry protocol implementation

SANF 17 no 16
Southern Africa has begun the process of assessing the status of implementation of the Protocol on Forestry to determine the level at which Member States have benefitted from regional cooperation in the forestry sector in light of emerging challenges and opportunities. Read more

Botswana ready to sign SADC gender protocol

by Nyarai Kampilipili and Kizito Sikuka – SANF 17 no 15
The announcement by Botswana that it is ready to sign a regional protocol that advances gender equality and equity signals another important step towards the empowerment of women and sustainable development in southern Africa. Read more

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