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SADC Energy Plan Could See $48bn Saved

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VENTURES AFRICA – The Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) has suggested that the region could experience savings of over $48 billion if all the current electricity generation projects in the pipeline are implemented in a coordinated fashion; this would mean synchronizing the implementation of various planned energy projects with expected capacity of 27,881MW and current completion date in 2018.

SAPP Chief Market Analyst Engineer, Musara Beta, disclosed this at a recent regional energy regulators conference adding that a master plan for the regional power market is vital as it helps to reduce capital costs by implementing least cost projects for the benefit of the region.

“It also reduces excess capacity for the pool. But more importantly savings of over $48 billion can be realized if the various projects are implemented in a coordinated fashion,” he said.

The various projects have been planned for various reasons including the fact that the weighted average electricity access in the region is at 36 percent with a capacity shortfall including reserves of 2,758MW.

Dr Lawrence Musaba, SAPP Co-ordination Centre Manager, believes the fundamental step that should be taken by the region is the creation of an enabling environment for power sector investments, and then ensure projects were prepared to make them bankable.

“This includes both the policy and legal framework as well as the regulatory framework. On this, SAPP mobilizes grant funding for project preparation including project feasibility studies and works to reach financial close. There is need to ensure projects are properly prepared for financing,” Musaba said.

Dr Musaba said the SAPP had secured a grant of $6.5 million from the government of Norway and Sida aimed at supporting competitive market development. Other grants had been acquired from the Development Bank of Southern Africa, African Development Bank and the World Bank.

“Of that amount ZIZABONA (Zimbabwe-Zambia-Botswana-Namibia, Angola-Namibia (Anna) the Central Transmission Corridor (CTC) were each given $300 000,” he said.

Going forward, political will and regional harmonization of laws will play a huge role in ensuring the projects are realized because most of the projects are between countries and many national legislations are yet to support such regional execution of projects.

Also, there is the need for governments to provide investment incentives to all local and foreign investors in the power sector. This can easily be achieved by addressing policy issues and allowing for VAT and tax exemptions for import of power equipment and machinery for a defined period.
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SADC, Germany Sign Cooperation

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Gaborone — SADC and Germany have signed agreed minutes on cooperation in preparation for new round of German commitments to be made during the SADC-GDC negotiations mid-2015.

The SADC-German cooperation aimed at supporting the deepening of regional integration for the benefit of the people of SADC region.

Speaking at the signing ceremony at the SADC secretariat headquarters in Gaborone recently, the German Ambassador to Botswana and Observer to SADC, Mr Rolf Ulrich said his country had been cooperating with SADC for more than 20 years.

Mr Ulrich said the support included the alignment of their cooperation with plans and strategies that had been decided upon by SADC, given that it had its Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) that is currently under review, adding that the German cooperation would be aligned to the SADC RISDP.

Ambassador Ulrich said his government was committed to further cooperation with SADC, because they were of the view that the African Union and regional economic community including SADC were important to bring African continent forward.

The cooperation, he said also aimed at improving the life's of people living in the continent, by creating jobs, improving economic and social wellbeing as well as giving people a better future, adding that can only be better done through regional and economic integration.

For her part, SADC executive secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax outlined the objectives of SADC as promoting sustainable economic growth, socio-economic development and poverty eradication through regional cooperation and integration.

"I am happy to confirm that the current areas of SADC/Germany cooperation and the new priority areas that we have agreed on, which will be finalised during our bilateral negotiations in 2015, are all in line with the revised SADC RISDP, she said.Dr Lawrence Tax said the revised four RISDP priorities for 2015-2020 are industrial development and market integration, adding that industrialisation is now the focus of their regional cooperation.

Another priority, she said is infrastructure in support of regional integration, peace and security cooperation, adding that a region cannot have development, sustainable cooperation, if it is not politically stable and peaceful.

SADC executive secretary, further said another priority area is special programmes of regional dimension, which include natural resources and food security.

She said their special focus is on regional economic integration and infrastructure, peace, security and good governance, management and protection of biodiversity and resilience to climate change and SADC organizational capacity development.

Dr Lawrence Tax said they also agreed on how to enhance their cooperation through various channels of support and on engaging synergies and complementarities, while avoiding duplications and overlaps, and making the most effective use of resources.

Early this week, the two parties met and successfully concluded one-day consultations on the future of SADC-German cooperation which led to the signing of agreed minutes

The two parties also released a joint press statement which states that at the outset, both sides recognised the significance and value added of more than 20 years of cooperation during which the German government has committed around € 300 million (about P3.4billion) for SADC.

It says that at the signing ceremony of the summary record, Ambassador Ulrich announced further German, commitments to SADC.

The release says in 2014 the German government availed an additional €26 million Euro to SADC to carry out the joint programmes amongst them, peace, security and good governance which was financed at the tune of € 3million (P34.3 million)

It further states that € 8 million (91.6 million) was disbursed for Trans-boundary use and protection of natural resources in the SADC region, € 10 million (P114. 5 million) was disbursed for regional fund for water supply and basic sanitation while 5 million Euro (P57. 7 million) went to Transfrontier Conservation Area Great Limpopo.

Germany is the one of the key partners providing technical and financial support for the implementation of the SADC Common Agenda.
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Train police in Human Rights, Sadc urged

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SADC governments should constantly train the police in human rights, investigation and law among other things if they are to improve the administration of justice, a leading lawyers group has said.

The Sadc Lawyers Association said this in a communique issued at the conclusion of a symposium on the administration of justice which was held in Zimbabwe.

“Police officers must be exposed to continuous professional and investigative skills training and human rights and constitutional law capacitation, so as to improve their effectiveness and protection of members of the public,” the lawyers’ group said in a communique.

The group said guidelines can be developed to improve the operations and work of the police in such areas as public order management, custody management, granting of bail, amongst others.

The communique further called on governments to create effective internal monitoring mechanisms focusing on improving service delivery, promoting the integrity of the police services, and protecting the rights of accused persons.

This would help to improve public confidence in the role and function of police services and ensure the citizens’ right to fair treatment, the lawyers said.

The lawyers said governments should set-up independent complaints mechanisms; professional conduct committees; integrity committees/offices; Victim and Child Support Units, and Custody Management Units as a way of ensuring the smooth delivery of justice.

Setting standards for its members the group said lawyers and the civil society should “put in place effective monitoring and civilian oversight mechanisms and constructively engage legal authorities to discuss findings and implement recommendations.”

These recommendations come at a time when the ZRP have been accused of heavy handedness and corruption in their dealings with the members of the public.
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la SADC demande aux FDLR de se désarmer inconditionnellement

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La Communauté pour le développement de l'Afrique australe (SADC) a demandé samedi aux Forces démocratiques pour la libération du Rwanda, mouvement rebelle rwandais ayant leur base dans l'est de la RDC, de se désarmer immédiatement et inconditionnellement.

Cet appel a été lancé par l'Organe sur la coopération politique, défensive et sécuritaire de la SADC, a indiqué la présidence sud- africaine.

En juillet 2014, les pays de la Conférence internationale pour la région des Grands Lacs (CIRGL)et de la Communauté de développement de l'Afrique australe (SADC) ont lancé un ultimatum aux FDLR, demandant à ce groupe rebelle rwandais de se désarmer dans un délai de six mois, soit avant le 2 janvier 2015, menaçant de recourir à l'action militaire au cas où les FDLR ne déposent pas les armes.

Selon la déclaration de la présidence sud-africaine, le président sud-africain Jacob Zumba, qui assume la présidence de l'Organe sur la coopération politique, défensive et sécuritaire de la SADC, a noté la récente réddition de 151 combattants des FDLR dans les provinces du Nord-Kivu et du Sud-Kivu, ce qui porte à 337 le nombre des membres des FDLR.

Les rebelles rwandais désarmés représentent environ 24% de l'effectif des FDLR.

"Les FDLR n'ont pas, à ce jour, répondu intégralement aux conditions imposées par les chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement de la SADC et de la CIRGL", indique la déclaration de la présidence sud- africaine.

Les dirigeants de la SADC et de la CIRGL se réuniront les 15 et 16 janvier à Luanda, dans le cadre d'un sommet conjoint, pour examiner les questions relatives aux FDLR, et devraient prendre une action appropriée.

"La SADC demeure attachée à l'objectif internationalement mandaté de neutraliser toutes les forces négatives opérant dans la République démocratique du Congo, y compris les FDLR, et reste prête à jouer pleinement son rôle dans ce sens", selon la déclaration.
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Embrace intra-trade, SADC members advised

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THE South African government says intra-trade, particularly in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has for some time been undermined by low participation and alignment of domestic policies to regional and continental policies.
Economic advisor to South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma, Bheki Mfeka, has since said aligning domestic policies to regional and continental policies has potential to boost regional integration and intra-trade.
Dr Mfeka cited aligning governance policies and infrastructure projects to regional and continental strategies as key ingredients to boosting intra-trade and integration.
“Regional integration and intra-trade, if boosted, can contribute to the economic development of the region. Everyone [member states] should benefit and this should be done by closing the gaps that hinder regional integration.
“Intra-trade is still low due to lack of regional infrastructure. For example, there is no rail to move goods from Durban to Lusaka effectively,” he said.
He said this in an interview on the sidelines of the ongoing third African G-20 conference organised by think tank and research organisation SAIIA to discuss policy issues raised at the G20 summit held last month in Australia and to discuss the role the G20 can play in supporting Africa’s development agenda.
He said addressing infrastructure challenges such as rail, road and energy remains critical in advancing regional development.
Dr Mfeka said South Africa is currently championing the North-South Road and Rail Development Corridor, from Cape to Cairo under the African Union’s Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) to enhance regional intra-trade and industrialisation.
The G20 comprises of 19 economies, namely Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and the European Union (EU) as the 20th member.
Dr Mfeka said South Africa will use its membership in the G20 to advocate policies that support the African agenda for inclusive and sustainable growth and effectively deal with alleviation of poverty, unemployment, and inequality.
“As global economic activity is becoming increasingly intertwined, Africa is also deepening its economic ties with the world. The transmission channels through which the effects of global economic development impact African economies are evolving. Thus, the discussions and outcomes of the G20 are of greater significance to the region today than ever before,” he said.
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SADC countries

Ce thread est consacré à la coopération entre pays membres de la SADC.


Les 9 États fondateurs sont :

Angola
Botswana
Lesotho
Malawi
Mozambique
Swaziland
Tanzanie
Zambie
Zimbabwe

Le total des membres est passé à 15 avec les adhésions de :

Namibie - 31 mars 1990
Afrique du Sud - 30 août 1994
Maurice - 28 août 1995
République démocratique du Congo - 8 septembre 1997
Madagascar - 18 août 2005 (suspendu suite aux évènements de mars 2009, réintégré le 30 janvier 2014)
Seychelles - 8 septembre 1997 - 1er juillet 2004, 2008

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Visite du président Eduardo Dos Santos à Kinshasa ce lundi 19 janvier.

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Une photo de la vidéo de la RTNC montrant l'arrivée du président angolais, Edouardo Dos Santos, à Kinshasa le 19 janvier 2015.
Le président angolais Edouardo Dos Santos est arrivé ce lundi 19 janvier à Kinshasa. Selon le communiqué diffusé à la télévision nationale congolaise, il doit s’entretenir avec son homologue congolais Joseph Kabila. Les deux chefs d’Etat devraient également signer des accords bilatéraux.
Selon l’AFP qui cite des sources du gouvernement angolais, ces accords porteraient notamment dans le domaine des transports.
Dans le secteur aérien, la signature d’un accord (…) va permettre à la TAAG [la compagnie nationale angolaise] de reprendre les vols entre Luanda et Kinshasa et vice-versa, liaison qui était interrompue depuis plus de trois ans, a indiqué le ministère angolais des Relations extérieures dans un communiqué cité par la même agence.
L’Angola avait suspendu ses vols vers Kinshasa en octobre 2009 pour protester contre l’expulsion de plusieurs milliers de ses compatriotes par la République démocratique du Congo (RDC), qui agissait elle-même en représailles d’expulsions de Congolais illégaux par Luanda.
Joseph Kabila et Edouard Dos Santos devraient aussi discuter du projet de barrage hydroélectrique d’Inga, en RDC, conçu pour être le plus grand du monde et devant permettre à Kinshasa de devenir un fournisseur d’électricité dans toute l’Afrique australe.
Pour le moment, seule l’Afrique du Sud a donné son accord pour acheter une part importante de la production congolaise. L’Angola, qui couvre difficilement ses besoins à travers sa production interne, pourrait être intéressé.
La situation dans le Nord-Kivu devrait aussi être abordée alors que les rebelles des Forces démocratiques de libération du Rwanda (FDLR) qui occupent le terrain n’ont pas rendu les armes malgré l’ultimatum lancé par les Nations-Unies. Un ultimatum qui a expiré le 2 janvier dernier.
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L'arrivée du président Dos Santos en image. Très bel embellissement floral de l'extérieur du pavillon présidentiel.

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I strongly encourage this!

Ah Kinshasa, it could easily be a financial hub in Africa. Kin is very well positioned within range of Luanda, Douala, Lagos etc....

Ah these people running our countries, can't they see a bit far?

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South African Financial industry is the most sophesticated in the world and their Stock Exchange is in the league of that of after the NYSE and the London ones.

Kinshasa can never unseat it...But it has the potential to become of the best in Africa... Location is not a factor....the economic and financial ambitions are.

Sad and shameful for our country for having the midievel leadership.

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South African Financial industry is the most sophesticated in the world and their Stock Exchange is in the league of that of after the NYSE and the London ones.

Kinshasa can never unseat it...But it has the potential to become of the best in Africa... Location is not a factor....the economic and financial ambitions are.

Sad and shameful for our country for having the midievel leadership.
Objective here is not to take over JOburg, but to just be one of the financial hubs in Africa to the likes of Joburg, Nairobi, Lagos, Abidjan, Luanda
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Objective here is not to take over JOburg, but to just be one of the financial hubs in Africa to the likes of Joburg, Nairobi, Lagos, Abidjan, Luanda
Yeah, that can happen fast if we have a decent Govt,
With ambitious aggressive economic reforms and proograms, Kin would easily surpass the others and leave them far, tho would still be far fromm J'burg.

We need to work hard on formallizing our economy as fast as possible in order to boost our Financial industry higher ad faster. and agressive business promotion.

Congolese still hide so much money out of banks...there is still no trust of banks, that is big deal in a country with no Judicial ststem.
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People, there's already a SADC thread that was created by sulybreks.
i'll just merge them.
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Le ministre des transports Justin Kalumba revient en long et en large sur les accords signés entre les deux pays.

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DR Congo, Angola In Oil Extraction Deal


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VENTURES AFRICA – The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and Angola state oil companies have entered into a joint venture to extract oil in a corridor between the two countries known as the “Common Interest Zone.” The joint venture deal was signed between Angola’s Sonangol and DR Congo’s Congolaise des Hydrocarbures (Cohydro)

“The agreement with Cohydro was signed by directors of the two companies on Tuesday and refines the terms of exploration activities and general principles that will govern the future production sharing contract,” said Sonangol in a statement.

DR Congo and Angola have common oil interests, including in offshore production between northern Angola and the Angolan enclave of Cabinda, where much of Angola’s production is focused. Oil is the backbone of Angola’s economy. The sector makes up over 90 percent of its exports.

The first oil surveys date back to 1906, but it was not until 1955 that the first oil well was discovered. In 1966, Cabinda Gulf Oil Company discovered important oil reserves in Cabinda. From then on, oil started playing one of the most important roles in the Angolan economy, having surpassed coffee in oil exports as of 1973.
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