Issue 03 | 16 August 2017
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The 37th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is taking place from 9 – 20 August 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa.
On 16 August, the second day of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers, the Chairperson of the council and South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, was interviewed on SABC 2's Morning Live. The broadcast was streamed throughout the African content.  
The Minister was joined by several of her counterparts from SADC, including Royal Highness Prince Hlangusemphi, Minister of Economic Planning and Development of Swaziland; Dr Michael Bimha, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Zimbabwe; and the Deputy Executive Secretary of SADC, Dr Thembinkosi Mlhongo.

The discussions centred around SADC's role, objectives and priorities which include:
  • Industrialisation as Champion of Economic and Technological Transformation
  • Competitiveness as an Active Process to Move from Comparative Advantage to Competitive Advantage
  • Regional Integration and Geography as the Context for Industrial Development and Economic Prosperity.
The council meeting will close this afternoon with Minister Nkoana-Mashabane addressing the media immediately after the official closing ceremony.
by Kizito Sikuka
It is time the southern African region takes charge of its own narrative and tells the story about its major achievements and challenges.

According to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, for a long time the region "has been painted by stories of diseases, conflict, hunger and poverty."

"But as a region, we have moved many steps in the positive direction. Today we are here to send a clear message that we have positive stories to tell," Dr Tax said while launching the second edition of the SADC Success Stories publication ahead of the 37th SADC Summit which opens 19 August in Pretoria, South Africa.

Since its inception in 1980 as the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), SADC has achieved a number of milestones aimed at advancing political and economic freedom.

A major milestone includes the launch of the SADC Free Trade Area (FTA) in 2008. By attaining the status of the FTA, consumers in the region are now getting better products at lower prices due to increased production, while producers are benefiting from a tariff-free trade for all goods originating within the region.

On energy development, SADC has facilitated the establishment of the Southern African Power Pool (SAPP), where regional utilities are afforded the platform to sell and buy surplus electricity from each other, thereby helping some countries to meet their growing demand for energy.
Latest SAPP figures show that cooperation through electricity trading among member utilities has seen the region moving from a power deficit situation a few years ago to surplus capacity of around 900 megawatts as of the beginning of 2017.

With respect to political stability, the region has succeeded in consolidating peace and security in the region through various initiatives.

These include peace mediation in countries where there have conflicts such as in Lesotho and Madagascar, as well as sending election observer missions, and providing troops to help SADC countries defend their sovereignty, as in the case of the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1998.

Dr Tax said the regional media plays an important role in the integration agenda through educating and informing SADC citizens about the benefits of belonging to the shared community of southern Africa.

She said: "Thanks to the dreams of our founding fathers," SADC is moving towards deeper regional integration and sustainable development.

"I therefore encourage the media in the region to take pride and continue to disseminate these achievements," Dr Tax said.

The 37th SADC Summit is scheduled for 19 to 20 August and is running under the theme "Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains".

At the summit, South African President Jacob Zuma will assume the rotating SADC Chair from King Mswati III of Swaziland.

Prior to the SADC Summit, there will be meetings of senior officials, followed by the Council of Ministers and a Double Troika meeting on 18 August. – Source:
Signed at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit in August 2012, the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan guides development in key infrastructure such as road, rail and ports, and also acts as a framework for planning and cooperation with development partners and the private sector. Infrastructure was also a key component of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan.

The master plan will be implemented over three five-year intervals – short term (2012 to 2017), medium term (2017 to 2022) and long term (2022 to 2027). This is in line with the SADC Vision 2027, a 15-year implementation horizon for forecasting infrastructure requirements in the region. It is also in line with the African Union's Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa and will constitute a key input into the Inter-Regional Infrastructure Master Plan and proposed Tripartite Free Trade Area of SADC, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and the East African Community.

The Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan contains ambitious targets, but the SADC region is embarking on the fundamental task of creating an enabling environment by delivering infrastructure requirements by 2027 in order to facilitate the realisation of sustainable regional socio-economic development and integration within the framework of the SADC Infrastructure Vision 2027.
  The multimillion dollar upgrade of the Walvis Bay Port opens new opportunities for regional trade.
Walvis Bay has its sight on becoming the preferred gateway for some landlocked countries. Driving the initiative is a massive investment in infrastructure in the region, including US$300 million in upgrades to the corridors linking Walvis Bay to the rest of SADC and a US$2,3-billion upgrade to the existing Walvis Bay Port.

It is believed that the upgraded port can serve SADC for the next 50 years. The upgrade will double the amount of goods flowing to and from SADC through the port.
SADC initiatives have boosted trade between member states and with the rest of the world, a trend set to continue with the renewed focus on regional industrialisation.  
The SADC Industrialisation Strategy proposes to grow the region's herd and thus wealth of all people. Growing the herd involves facilitated connection between cattle, meat and leather across borders and a joint export strategy.

Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe already benefit from the global demand for leather goods such as shoes, bags and leather seats for luxury vehicles. Growing this success is one of SADC's objectives.
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Editor: Delien Burger
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