The European Union’s Cooperation with the Southern African Development Community

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The hopes of the people of Southern Africa for peace, democracy, good governance and prosperity are no different from those of people all over the world. The ability of the countries of Southern Africa to fulfil these hopes depends, to a large extent, on greater levels of trade and investment, on advances in productive systems, industrial and infrastructure development and modernisation as well as on a sustainable use of natural resources. Good governance and more efficient use of available resources are also crucial.