Archive for February 16th, 2008

source: allAfrica
Inter Press Service (Johannesburg)

15 February 2008
Posted to the web 15 February 2008

Brigitte Weidlich

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) should engage in serious discussions to prevent the economic partnership agreement (EPA) with the European Union from destroying its regional integration efforts.

This is according to Paul Kalenga, senior trade policy adviser at the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana.

“SADC is still behind with its regional harmonisation, including establishing a free trade area, while at the same time having to negotiate complicated trade deals with the EU,” Kalenga pointed out.

The regional free trade area became operational on January 1 this year and will be officially launched at the annual SADC summit in August. A SADC customs union is planned by 2010 and higher levels of economic integration are planned for [continue reading]

source: Angola Press

Luanda, 02/15 – Two members of the Angolan National Electoral Commission (CNE), namely Júlia Ferreira and Luís da Mota Liz, left this Friday morning for Gaborone, Botswana, where they will attend on 18-20 February a regional seminar on elections.

In brief declarations to ANGOP, at Luanda`s 4 de Fevereiro Airport, Júlia Ferreira, said that the training programme is being organised by SADC`s Electoral Commissions Forum, of which Angola is a member.

“The working programme of the forum includes the [continue reading]

Shaun Benton

15 February 2008

President Thabo Mbeki has moved to allay fears that South Africa’s crime-fighting capacity will be diminished by the government’s decision to absorb the specialised unit set up to fight organised crime – the Directorate of Special Operations, popularly known as the Scorpions – into the police service.

Replying to the debate on his state of the nation address in Parliament on Thursday, Mbeki said that, rather than simply dissolving the Scorpions, which fall under the Department of Justice, all specialised investigators who focused on organised crime in South Africa were to be brought “under one roof”.

This would result in the creation of a larger specialised unit dedicated to fighting organised crime that would have “more personnel and resources and capacity than currently exists in the Scorpions.”

The personnel making up this new “super-unit” would be drawn from the [continue reading]