Regional Economic Integration Programme

Although SADC has made significant progress towards regional economic integration, a number of challenges still exist that require attention at national and regional levels. These include overlapping memberships to intergovernmental bodies, which also strain Member States’ resources and implementation capacity; lack of sustainable financing for development;  subtle competition amongst SADC Member States; inadequate/weak human resources; poor coordination of programmes at the national level; few/inadequate consultations among stakeholders; macro-economic frameworks that are not harmonized; weak implementation of regional policies and protocols that relate to economic development and integration; marginalization of people aspects of regional integration; poor institutional and infrastructural frameworks; and restricted policy space and resources to implement key regional projects. This programme therefore aims to influence the substance and direction of regional economic integration whilst at the same time promoting economic development paradigms that are people centred.

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