Cross Border Trade, Big Brother Africa and Regional Integration

Ambitious African

His Excellency President Robert G. Mugabe is currently both the Chairman of the African Union as well as Chairman of SADC. A great deal has been made about both these roles and the change he will bring though to be fair we should not expect much from what is essentially a non-executive position.

In his acceptance speech at the AU President Mugabe made reference to how SADC “have adopted several economic strategies to propel the sub-region to greater heights.” These include Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ on Politics Defence and Security (SIPO II).

Through these strategies, the SADC region intends to attain economic independence and transformation. Using the vast resources available to SADC countries, RISDP and SIPO II aim to bring about a higher level of industrialisation and value addition to the region’s resources.

Mentioning this was critical by the Zimbabwean…

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