SADC makes progress towards political integration

Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has made some progress towards political integration, says a SADC Regional Human Development Report 2000 launched Thursday in Windhoek.
"In spite of institutional constraints, SADC has successfully built interstate solidarity, which was needed to support liberation struggles and to create a Southern African identity," the 300-page report says.
The document uses a Human Development Index (HDI) developed by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to measure the quality of life in SADC member states.
It, however, notes that a SADC parliamentary forum was established outside the formal structures as a consultative body and that still lacks legislative powers to have real impact on the regional body.
"A SADC Electoral Commissions Forum has also been established.
This is also a consultative body lacking executive authority to have a real impact on the electoral process in the SADC region," it adds.
There is also the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security but SADC has yet to clarify its role, status and mandate, the report says.
SADC was set up in 1980.

03 may 2001 19:54:00

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