26 Sep 2018 16:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 26 SEP (NAMPA) A three-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) joint tripartite technical sub-committee meeting of experts commenced here on Wednesday.
The meeting will amongst others discuss the implementation of the revised regional indicative strategic development plan, extension of social security protection and the revision of the regional Decent Work Programme.
Speaking during the gathering, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Bro-Mathew Shinguadja said these are critical topics for the region which require proper consideration if the region is to address some of its challenges effectively and consistently.
It should not be ignored that Africa in general and this part of the continent in particular has attracted unprecedented attention from all over the world because of its huge potential opportunities, he said.
Shinguadja said the meeting is taking place at a time when the region is experiencing developmental challenges like high rates of unemployment particularly among the youth and women.
Based on these and other considerations that are linked to labour, investment, trade, finance and planning, the meeting also approved the hosting of a separate ministerial meeting to deliberate on these issues, with a view toward building consensus on coordination and collaboration on policy formulation and implementation, he said.
Shinguadja, who is also the chairperson of the SADC Employment and Labour Sector, said: This thus places the SADC region in a strategic position towards greater integration and inclusive development.
He went on to say the meeting will further review the harmonisation of labour, investment and employment policies and laws which can be achieved through SADCs Labour and Employment Protocol and Labour Migration Policy.
The meeting is being attended by representatives of all SADC member states and will end on Friday.