Known as “The SADC Success Stories,” the publication documents notable achievements of regional integration in various sectors such as trade, industrialisation, finance, tourism, energy, water, agriculture, conservation, peace and security, among others.
The second edition was launched on Monday in Pretoria ahead of the 37th SADC summit which kicks off at the weekend.
SADC executive secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax, who unveiled the publication, said the book was intended to showcase and motivate the region on its integration journey.
"The stories help to motivate us as the SADC member states and the Secretariat to scale up the most impactful and life changing interventions and where necessary, replicate best practices in order to benefit the greatest number of citizens," Tax said.
She said the publication is one way of reaching out to the region’s population and enhancing awareness about the achievements and impact of SADC programmes for ordinary citizens.
The region, Tax said, felt it was not sufficiently understood in terms of its mandate, programmes, activities and impact.
"As a region, we have moved many steps in the positive direction. As you read the [success] stories, you will realise that our citizens are on a path to prosperity," said Tax, noting that the region is also realising economic transformation and sustainable socio-economic development.