Luanda — The Angolan minister of Trade, Rosa Pacavira, Thursday in Lilongwe,
Malawi, said that Angola will not join at this summit, the Free Trade Zone of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
When speaking to Angolan journalists, on the occasion of the discussion by the Council of Ministers of the regional implementation plan for regional integration, particularly the Free Trade Zone, the minister said that experts from various sectors are working to make this membership happens as soon as possible.
"We will maintain the position taken in Maputo, as there are still some adjustments we need to do, as it involves several sectors from energy, agriculture and others," she said.
Asked for when the accession of Angola, the government minister said in 2014 or 2015.The Free Trade Area, launched in August 2007, in Johannesburg, in the 28th Summit of SADC, had the accession of South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar, staying out of Angola, DR Congo and Seychelles.
The aim is to strengthen economic integration and rapid industrialization in the sub-region of the continent, through the expansion of business opportunities and gradually remove barriers to trade.
Of the countries that have taken this commitment South Africa has the largest ec
onomy, with a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of USD 282 billion, representing 65% of total SADC market.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an economic and political bloc that has among other objectives to stimulate trade in goods and services between member countries, reduce poverty within population, and promote sustainable growth in member countries.
SADC groups Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar (suspended), Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.