SADC objective is to alleviate poverty and enhance quality of life: Geingob

09 Jul 2019 15:40pm
REHOBOTH, 09 JUL (NAMPA) - The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)’s objectives are to achieve economic development and growth, peace and security, poverty alleviation and to enhance the standard and quality of life for the people of Southern Africa.
President of Namibia and Chairperson of SADC, Hage Geingob made these remarks at the First mid-year coordination meeting on the status of Integration in the SADC Region held in Niger on Monday.
In a statement availed to Nampa on Monday Geingob said SADC fully aligns itself with the continental integration agenda, whose objective among others, is to promote economic, social and cultural development and the integration of African economies in order to realise the African Economic Community
The treaty, he said, further recognises that Regional Economic Communities (RECs) are the building blocks and by making RECs the building blocks of the continental community, the Union subscribes to the principle of subsidiarity that governs the division of powers and responsibilities between AU and RECs.
Geingob added that AU-REC Coordination Meeting, therefore, allows members to take a critical look at the progress made in implementing and meeting the objectives of our integration agenda, and provides them with a unique opportunity to take stock of synergies with the AU Agenda and programmes.
“I am confident that we will learn from each other and be able to chart our way forward in positioning ourselves to meet the Continental Agenda,” he noted.
He said the review of the status of integration in SADC reveals that implementation has progressed well, notwithstanding some challenges, including multiple membership to RECs by member states.
The statement further said, to address this challenge, SADC has pursued a developmental approach to integration that focuses on sectoral cooperation premised on four interdependent priority areas of industrial development and market integration, infrastructure development in support of regional integration, peace and security cooperation and special programmes of a regional dimension.