SADC giving impetus to regional development
The year 2014 will see infrastructure development and elections in southern Africa as well as efforts to address the long-standing goals for the target year of 2015, including gender equality targets. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will also address conflict resolution and peace-building within its borders, mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Madagascar. During this year, SADC will finalise the mid-term review of its 15-year development plan, and Malawi will hand over the chair of the regional development organisation to Zimbabwe. Infrastructure and energy development will remain key intervention areas in 2014, as an efficient and cost-effective transport network and stable energy supplies are critical to a thriving economy at both national and regional levels. SADC has adopted an ambitious US$64-billion programme to develop cross-border infrastructure in six priority areas of energy, transport, tourism, water, information communication technology and meteorology.