DAR ES SALAAM, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Southern African Development Community's (SADC) 16 member states are lagging behind in the implementation of infrastructure projects, according to a study launched on Wednesday.
The study by the Southern African Research and Documentation Center (SARDC) was launched in Tanzania's commercial capital Dar es Salaam by the SADC executive director, Stergomena Lawrence Tax.
SARDC is an independent regional knowledge resource center established in 1985 to strengthen regional policy perspectives and track implementation on a range of issues in Southern Africa.
"Of the 134 projects assessed in the study, only 5 percent were successfully completed, meaning that 95 percent of the projects were behind schedule," said the study.
The study attributed this unfavorable position to a variety of factors, including insufficient energy supply, inadequate water supply, inadequate and expensive broadband networks, and an unreliable transport network.
As an acknowledgement of these enormous challenges, SADC leaders adopted the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan in 2012 aimed at guiding the region's infrastructure development and rehabilitation programme over the period to 2027, said Munetsi Madakufamba, SARDC executive director.
"A number of lessons can be derived from this study to inform future interventions in the development of infrastructure in the region," he added.
Stergomena also launched other SADC publications on various issues, including women, peace and security, and a regional strategy for addressing gender-based violence in the region of 344 million people.
The launch of the publications were part of activities leading to the 39th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government to be held on Aug. 17 and Aug. 18.
On Tuesday, the new chairman of the SADC Council of Ministers, Palamagamba Kabudi, also Tanzania's Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, urged SADC member states to fast track the industrialization agenda.