The South African development community (English: Southern African development Community, abbreviation SADC) is a regional organization for economic and political integration in the southern Africa. Their seat is Gaborone in Botswana.
It was created 1992 in Windhuk as a successor organization in July 1979 in Arusha (Tanzania) formed South African conference of development (SADCC).
First as counterweight of the front line states to the economic supremacy of South Africa in Apartheids times planned, it concerns during the reestablishment of 1992 a regional integration project of the states in the southern Africa. Already 1999 should be established a foreign trade zone. A customs union - gegegebenfalls including the customs union in the southern Africa (Southern African Customs union) - was originally planned for the first decade in the new millenium. A common currency is considered in the next twenty years. In view of the economic and political situation in the southern Africa at present various projects come not to desired success and/or retard temporally.
The European union and the USA co-operate in the meantime more closely with the SADC. While the European union aims at the conclusion of so-called partnership agreements with all participating states, the negotiations of the USA are not at present successful with the SADC and the Southern African Customs union.
In the development community at present 13 states are with altogether approximately 200 million Einwohneren united, these are:
Madagascar holds at present an applicant status, which will lead presumably still in the year 2005 to a full membership. Likewise times the Seychelles, not successfully, had applied as member country.
Working languages are English, French and Portuguese
To their most important goals belong among other things:
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