More needs to be done: Nandi-Ndaitwah

14 Aug 2019 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region needs to do more in order to promote sustainable and equitable socio-economic integration, outgoing Chairperson of SADC’s Council of Ministers, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, has said.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation made these remarks while handing over the Council’s chairpersonship to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of Tanzania, Palamagamba Kabudi at the 39th SADC summit on Tuesday in Dar Es Salaam.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said there is no doubt that the region has made some progress in the socio-economic agenda, however, economic integration such as the industrialisation remains at the core of the integration agenda of SADC and central to the diversification of regional economic growth, therefore, SADC needs to priorities trade facilitation with regards to road infrastructures.
She noted that the region also needs to find ways of reducing transport costs and transit delays in order to prepare it to benefit from the African Continental Free Trade Area.
The outgoing chairperson further stressed that the region has faced several serious climatic challenges and that there is thus a need to place strong early warning mechanisms, mitigation and adaptation measures to cope with the impact of climate change, which the region is vulnerable to.
“The SADC Secretariat continues to play an instrumental role in our work to deliver on our regional agenda in effort to improve the living standards of our people in all spheres,” she noted.
Nandi-Ndaitwah further indicated that SADC is in the process of realigning its strategic plans and renewing its priorities to ensure that they are relevant to the challenges faced in the region and to continental aspirations.
The outgoing chair also called on SADC to ensure the full implementation of the SADC solidarity Conference with the people of Western Sahara and walk with them to self-determination.