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SADC Heads of State Summit in Maputo: Ignoring People Driven Development as Usual

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By Michelle Pressend

President Zuma was hob knobbing at the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Heads of State Summit in Maputo while our country went up in flames a fortnight ago. Sadly, the 32nd Session of the SADC Summit turned out to be just another uninventive event where governments discussed more of the same – economic growth driven by the extraction of natural resources and infrastructure development to facilitate the expansion of corporate interests.

Top of the agenda was the SADC regional infrastructural plan called the “Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan Vision 2027” and the SADC Regional Development Fund, as the finance mechanism to provide seed funding for implementing the infrastructure plan. Read More.


Economic Partnership Agreement and SADC: The controversy continues

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By Percy F. Makombe

To say the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) negotiations have been bedevilled by controversy is an understatement. Most African countries have expressed concern on the missing development links within EPAs. To date, only 10 of the 47 countries involved in the negotiations have signed an EPA. A further nine countries have initialled EPAs but have delayed signing them. EJN's Programmes Manager, Percy F. Makombe gives an update on the contentious issues around the EPA negotiations.

Extractive Industries and Climate Change

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It can no longer be neglected that climate change is occurring at an accelerated rate due to human influences. It is therefore key to understand the ecological debt debates and how they link to climate change. This paper seeks to explain exactly that and was written by Patrick Bond, the Director of Centre for Civil Society, University of KwaZulu-Natal. This paper is published by the Economic Justice Network through the support of TrustAfrica. TrustAfrica works with partner organizations in all five sub regions of Africa and the Diaspora. For the full policy brief, click here.


Is the multilateral trading system on a slippery slope?

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A photographer walks towards burning cars during a protest against the seventh WTO Ministerial Conference in the streets of Geneva,Nov. 28, 2009. Swiss police say demonstrators opposing a meeting of top world trade officials turned violent when protesters set fire to cars and broke shop windows during a march. Image credit: http://www.npr.orgThe Seventh World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference took place in Geneva on 30 November - 2 December 2009. The WTO Ministerial meetings have been slated for their failed negotiating rounds, the first being the collapse of the WTO talks in Seattle, followed by Cancun and the Hong Kong Ministerial meetings. … By Michelle Pressend, Trade Strategy Group, hosted by EJN.



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