SADC to relocate drought monitoring center to Botswana

source: People’s daily online

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) will next month relocate its Drought Monitoring Center from Harare to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, New Ziana reported on Monday.

“The SADC Secretariat wishes to inform the public that the Drought Monitoring Center will be relocating its Harare office to Gaborone, Botswana with effect from April 1, 2007,” said the center in a statement.

The move is in line with a resolution to have all SADC Secretariats based in Gaborone, where the 14-member bloc is headquartered, to centralize the bloc’s operations, said the report

The center, which is a regional initiative aimed at improving food security through the provision of weather and climate outlooks, has been operating from Zimbabwe for the past 17 years.

An official from the meteorological department said Zimbabwe would be able to continue to freely access all services offered by the center after its relocation.

The SADC, formed in Lusaka, Zambia on April 1, 1980, boast of a total population of over 230 million and a GDP of over 200 billion U.S. dollars.

Source: Xinhua

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