Sadc Senior Officials meeting underway in Windhoek

11 Mar 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 MAR (NAMPA) – The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Standing Committee of Senior Officials meeting on Monday convened here to discuss Namibia’s cooperation with international partners.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting, in her capacity as the Chairperson of the Standing Committee of Senior Officials meeting, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi said the meeting would continue to improve the lives of the inhabitants of the region.
“It therefore follows that effective implementation of summit and council decisions is essential, as it positions us on the solid path of effecting regional integration,” she said.
Ashipala-Musavyi noted that although there have been some improvements in some areas, the implementation of documents has been slow.
She further stated that industrialisation was a key priority through which the region would achieve sustained economic growth and development.
The committee will also look at the budget of the Sadc Secretariat and recommend it to council for approval.
“We were looking at the completion of the process to translate the Hashim Mbita volume because Hashim Mbita played a very important part in the liberation struggle in southern Africa, and then we will talk about various developmental issues in the region in preparation for the meeting of the Council of Ministers,” she said.
The Hashim Mbita Research Project was initiated in August 2005, following the approval by the Sadc Summit held in Gaborone, Botswana the same year.
The project was led by Brigadier-General Hashim Mbita, the former Executive-Secretary of the Liberation Committee of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), as the patron of the project.
The project’s primary objective was to document the history of the liberation struggle of the Southern African region through the collection of oral texts and data in Sadc member states and outside the region.
All 16 member states have confirmed their attendance to the Council of Ministers meeting, which will take place on Friday.