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Draft Protocol on the Facilitation of Movement of Persons in the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

8 May 1998

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WE, the Heads of State or Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC):

MINDFUL of the Preamble to the Treaty Establishing SADC and especially the provisions with regard to our duty to promote the inter-dependence and integration of our national economies for the harmonious, balanced and equitable development of the Region, as well as the need to involve the people of the Region centrally in the process of development and integration;

RECOGNIZING that full popular participation in the process of building the Region into a Community is only possible where the citizens of the Community enjoy freedom of movement of persons, namely visa-free entry, residence and establishment in the territories of Member States;

CONSCIOUS of the necessity to adopt a flexible approach in order to accommodate disparities in the levels of economic development among Member States and the need to redress imbalances in large scale population movements within the Community;

DETERMINED to fulfil our objectives articulated in Article 5 of the Treaty;

EAGER to support, assist and promote the efforts of the Organization of African Unity which is encouraging free movement of persons in African Regional Economic Communities as a stepping stone towards free movement of persons in an eventual African Economic Community;

PURSUANT to Article 5.2(d) of the Treaty which requires SADC to develop policies aimed at the progressive elimination of obstacles to the free movement of capital and labour, goods and services, and of the people of the Region generally, among Member States;

IN TERMS of Article 10.3 of the Treaty which authorizes the Summit to adopt legal instruments for the implementation of the provisions of the Treaty;

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