SADC integration a success despite challenges - Geingob

08 Jul 2019 20:20pm
WINDHOEK, 08 JUL (NAMPA) - The implementation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) integration agenda and objectives, as outlined in the SADC Treaty, has progressed well despite some challenges.
These remarks were made by the SADC Chairperson, Hage Geingob at the SADC first mid-year coordination meeting in Niger on Monday.
'SADC has been successful at many levels and across a wide range of areas relating to regional cooperation and integration,” he said.
Geingob said at continental level, the current situation of overlapping mandates and duplication of efforts among Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and between RECs and the African Union (AU) undermines progress, and needs to be resolved as a pre-condition to accelerating continental integration.
“There is need for absolute clarity of roles and responsibilities between AU and RECs, and the principle of subsidiarity should provide the basis for effective division of labour, bearing in mind the financial challenges being faced by Member States,” he added.
He went on to say that Member States should direct and take ownership of the formulation of policies and programmes at regional and continental levels with a view to ensuring value for money.
Geingob said for Africa, a vast continent of over 1.2 billion people, integration has considerable potentials not only for promoting robust and equitable economic growth but also for reducing conflicts, and promoting sustainable peace and stability.
“Therefore, I call upon all member states to redouble their efforts in regional and continental commitments, and reap the fruits of integration,” he urged.
Geingob advised that for the coordination meeting to be more effective and that more time should be allocated to presentations and discussions on reports on the status of integration by RECs.
“Issues that require attention should be clearly highlighted and presented by the AU for consideration and decision by the coordination meeting,” he concluded.