SADC launches infrastructure master plan

SADC headquartersThe SADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP) has been scheduled for launch at the 32nd summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Maputo, Mozambique, taking place from 2-18 August

The SADC Infrastructure Vision 2027 was conceived at the 2007 summit in Lusaka, Zambia, with the objective of establishing a strategic framework to guide the development of seamless and cost-effective transboundary infrastructure.

The vision is anchored on six pillars consisting of energy, transport, ICT, meteorology, transboundary, water resources and tourism. The pillars are established on a solid foundation of harmonised policies and regulations.

The three phases of implementation will be short-term from 2013-2017, medium-term from 2017-2022 and long-term from 2022-2027.

Examples of projects that will be prioritised include the Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya regional interconnector project and the ZIZABONA interconnector project between Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia.

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