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The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) aims to further socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among 15 southern African states. It complements the role of the African Union. It is headquatered in Gabarone, Botswana.
Members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), comprising 14 countries, signed a Trade Protocol, which calls for the implementation of a Free Trade Area. Each country has negotiated two reduced tariff schedules. One schedule is applicable only for South Africa, and another schedule for all other SADC members. Zambia's implementation of her offer, effective 30th April 2001, is provided to those countries that provide Zambia with the SADC reduced tariff schedule.
SADC has 15 member states, one of whose membership is currently suspended:
Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo – since 8 September 1997, Lesotho, Malawi
Mauritius – since 28 August 1995, Mozambique, Namibia – since 31 March 1990 (since independence), Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa – since 30 August 1994, Seychelles – also previously been a member of SADC from 8 September 1997 until 1 July 2004 then joined again in 2008 and Madagascar whose membership is currently suspended after the coup d'état led by the former mayor of Antananarivo Andry Rajoelina.