SADC summit nods Action Plan 2015-2063

SADC Chairman, King Mswati III

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AN extraordinary Summit of the SADC Heads of State and Government has carried out an in-depth discussion of the Action Plan of the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap 2015 – 2063.

At a meeting held at lozitha, Swaziland on March 18th led by SADC Chairman, King Mswati III, the leaders went through the strategic plan and the time set for its implementation.

A statement made available to the ‘Daily News’ by Ambassador Innocent- Shiyo noted that the industrialization strategy would bring about better lives for the people in the region within its regional and global value chains.

Ambassador Shiyo, from the Department of Regional Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation argued that, for positive results, implementation of the strategic plan would involve both public and private sectors.

The meeting was attended by all member countries, at which the Tanzania delegation was led by the Vice-President, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan – who represented President John Magufuli.

Others in attendance were: the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, Ambassador Dr Augustine Mahiga and the Minister for Industry and Trade, Mr Charles Mwijage – who has been on the forefront on industrialization agenda.

President Magufuli is the current Chairman of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. Zanzibar was represented by Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, who is the minister responsible for industries, commerce and markets in the Isles Government.

The meeting was preceded by a Council of Ministers that took place from March 15th to 16th, a meeting of the Standing Committee of Senior Officials that took place from 9th to 10th March and the Ministerial Task Force Committee on Regional Integration - MTF on March 11th.

In another development, the heads of state and government approved the appointment of seven judges to the SADC Administrative Tribunal – SADCAT, four of whom are women.

After a careful and strict vetting, Tanzania got a slot, in Judge (Rtd) Regina Rweyemanu, who joins counterparts from Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe – all of whom will serve on their capacities for two years. Vice-President Hassan led the Tanzanian delegation to a Double Troika that took place on March 17th at Lozitha.

The Double Troika involves six member countries now made up of Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania.

The Double Troika reviewed and discussed political, defence and security situation in the region, specifically in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Lesotho Kingdom. According to Ambassador Shiyo, the two countries, noted have been going through political challenges that needed detailed discussion in order to forge a better way forward.

The leaders also received and discussed the SADC Oversight Committee for the Kingdom of Lesotho from the SADC Facilitator for the Kingdom of Lesotho, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, who is South African Deputy President.

Following a vote of no confidence to Lesotho Government, its Parliament was dissolved and an election is due to be held next June. On the DRC, the leaders received a progress report on preparations for the general election slated for later this year.

They hailed the DRC Government for efforts taken to ensure peace and tranquility are observed.

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