EU, Germany commits €12m for SADC regional integration

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Mpho Tebele

Gaborone - The European Union (EU) and Germany have committed €12 million to support national structures among the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of the SADC regional integration agenda at country level.

In a press statement, the EU Embassy in Gaborone, Botswana, stated that the EU support, which totals €6.5 million, will be provided through the 11th European Development Fund, while the German contribution, totalling €5.5 million, will be provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).  

The programme will run from September 2018 to November 2021 and will be implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH under the guidance of the SADC Secretariat.

Commenting on the partnership, chargé d'affaires at the EU Delegation to the Republic of Botswana and SADC, Katrin Hagemann, said: “As partners, we are confident that this programme can accelerate the implementation of the SADC regional integration agenda and benefit the inhabitants of the SADC region.”  

She added that: “A key theme in our programmes is to ensure the regional integration agenda is implemented for and by the citizens of the SADC region.”

Although SADC member states have committed to undertaking specific actions to achieve their common developmental agendas, as reflected in the SADC Treaty and regional protocols and policies, a gap remains between regional commitments and implementation, the statement said.

The joint support is expected to strengthen and build capacity in national structures to coordinate regional integration. The programme will also provide government decision-makers, managers and technicians; non-state actors’ representatives and staff; members of parliaments and their staff; media representatives and journalists; and researchers, among others, with skills and tools to facilitate, manage, monitor and report on the implementation of key SADC instruments. They will also be able to monitor and report on protocols, strategies and declarations, and strengthen their capacity to mobilise resources for the implementation of the SADC agenda at national level.

The EU support, which totals €6.5 million, is provided through the 11th European Development Fund, while the German contribution, totalling €5.5 million, is provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.  The programme will run from September 2018 to November 2021 and will be implemented by GIZ GmbH under the guidance of the SADC Secretariat.

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