Southern African leaders end summit urging greater co-operation

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe speaks in Marondera, on February 23, 2014Southern African leaders ended a two-day summit Monday resolving to develop their industries to boost regional co-operation and set up a fund for its projects. In a statement at the end of the two-day meeting in Zimbabwe’s prime tourist resort town of Victoria Falls, the heads of state from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) said “industrialisation should take centre stage on SADC’s regional integration agenda”. “We have examined how we can make beneficiation and value addition an integral part of our regional strategic and development plan,” said Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. He said significant progress had been made on plans for a regional development fund.

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