The SADC Region presents vast investment opportunities in the key sectors of infrastructural development and services, tourism, trade and industry. The natural endowments in minerals, oil, abundant raw materials for manufacturing and value addition, coupled with a combined population of about 257 million with an estimated GDP of US$471 billion, makes the SADC Region an invaluable investment partner. Furthermore, attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), particularly at this time when the world is faced with a global financial crisis which has affected many economies in the world and countries are looking towards enhanced FDI flows to revamp their economies, is critical to the Region.
SADC 2010 is a long term Investment Promotion Programme aimed at promoting sustainable investment into the SADC Region against the backdrop of the 2010 CAF Africa Cup of Nations which took place in Angola and the 2010 FIFA World Cup to be held in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010. The Programme was launched on 8 September 2009 at the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. More information on http://www.sadc.int/sadc2010.