SADC member states sign legal instruments

18 Aug 2018 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 AUG (NAMPA) – Namibia and Seychelles have signed the amended Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol Agreement on Gender and Development here on Saturday.
The signing took place during the official closing ceremony of the 38th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, held in Namibia this year.
The objectives of the agreement include, to provide for the empowerment of women; to eliminate discrimination and to achieve gender equality and equity through the development and implementation of gender responsive legislation, policies, programmes and projects.
During the same event, all the SADC country leaders signed the amended Protocol on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, which is aimed at harmonising procedures with the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation.
They also signed the revised Savings and Credit Cooperative Organisation agreement to finalise integration of the organisation into SADC.
In addition, they signed the Windhoek Declaration on Eliminating Malaria in the SADC region.
The declaration firmly places on the agenda of all nations regional elimination of malaria and reinforces accountability by all the states to combat the disease.
This document was signed in English, Portuguese and French.
Malawi and Zambia signed the Regional Development Fund Agreement, while Tanzania signed the Protection of New Varieties of Plants agreement.
The Seychelles Ambassador to Cuba Joseph Nourrice was also sworn in as Deputy Executive Secretary of the SADC Secretariat responsible for Corporate Affairs.
Nourrice took over from Democratic Republic of Congo’s Emilie Mushobekwa and was sworn in by Namibia’s Chief Justice Peter Shivute.