The following article shows a list of SADC countries by GDP. SADC is the Southern African Development community.
What are the SADC Countries?
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is a regional economic bloc of 15 countries in Southern Africa. It’s aim is greater integration and trade in the region. It is one of eight regional economic communities in Africa.
The fifteen SADC member nations are:
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- South Africa
Data visualization showing SADC countries by GDP
List of SADC Countries by GDP
|Country||Annual GDP (M$)|
|Democratic Republic of the Congo||37,241|
South Africa has the largest GDP within SADC. It has the largest economy, with many well developed sectors. Angola is the second biggest economy in SADC, with it’s economy driven mainly by oil.
In 2016 the top five challenges to doing business in South Africa were an inefficient government bureaucracy, restrictive labour regulations, a shortage of skilled workers, political instability, and corruption, whilst the country’s strong banking sector was rated as a strongly positive feature of the economy.
On the other end of the spectrum the economy of Zimbabwe shrunk significantly after 2000. This resulted in a desperate situation for the country with widespread poverty and a 95% unemployment rate. Zimbabwe’s participation from 1998 to 2002 in the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo set the stage for the deterioration by draining the country of hundreds of millions of dollars.
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