SADC senior legal officers meeting underway in Swakopmund

27 Nov 2018 08:10am
SWAKOPMUND, 27 NOV (NAMPA) – A three-day meeting by senior legal officials of Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) commenced in Swakopmund on Monday.
The legal officials were set to discuss a number of issues pertaining the region, including the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, which were considered by the SADC Committee of Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General at its meeting held in June 2018, among others.
That committee is responsible for policies and programmes of the SADC legal sector plus providing advice to the SADC institutions such as the Heads of State, ministers and sectoral committees on legal matters arising from the implementation of programmes and activities.
SADC Secretariat acting senior legal counsel Nthabiseng Liphapang during the official opening of the meeting highlighted that the justice committee in their June meeting resolved that the recommendations from the report should be considered in detail by the senior legal officials.
“The senior legal officials will then make necessary recommendations to the committee which will meet in February 2019. We will also discuss the agreement amending the memorandum of understanding (MoU) establishing the SADC Plant Genetic Resources Centre (SPGRC) which is based in Zambia,” Liphapang added.
According to her, the MoU is being amended to take into consideration the developments that have taken place at the SPGRC, SADC Secretariat and global emerging issues in plant genetic resources conservation.
Other areas of discussion at the meeting include human trafficking, gender-based violence and organised crime in the SADC region.
During the meeting, South Africa also handed over the SADC Legal Affairs chairmanship to Namibian Permanent Secretary of Justice Issaskar Ndjoze.