18 Aug 2018 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 18 AUG (NAMPA) President of Namibia and new Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chairperson, Hage Geingob on Saturday called on the region to maintain peace and security.
During the closing ceremony of the 38th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Windhoek, he said this is in order to create a conducive environment for sustainable development through regional integration.
I am confident that with the progress reports we received during the summit on the political and security developments in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho and Madagascar, the region is on course to enter an era of sustained peace and stability, said Geingob.
The SADC chairperson added that by ensuring peace and stability, the countries are paving the way for the consolidation of infrastructure connectivity and regional economic development.
He commended outgoing Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, Angolan President João Lourenço, for directing the regions agenda of peace and security.
Geingob noted that the summit has endorsed that industrialisation remains the overarching theme and that subsequent themes should be aligned to industrialisation to facilitate sustainable implementation and assessment of the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap.
As such, he called on the region to devise a funding mechanism to ensure effective implementation of the summit themes.
The themes should also be operationalised beyond one year in order to ensure that we achieve the underlying objective of industrialisation of the SADC region, Geingob added.
He thanked the SADC country leaders for bestowing him the opportunity to serve as SADC chairman.
I will endeavour to promote the SADC Common Agenda to ensure sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development in the region, as well as promote common political values and maintain democracy, peace, security and stability in the region.
Geingob reiterated that the SADC member states should deliver on the promise of infrastructure development.
We should deliver on the promise of youth empowerment and deliver the sustainable development that will result in the upliftment of the people of SADC, he stressed.
The summit, held on Friday and Saturday under the theme Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development, was attended by 16 member states.