SADC has a lot of successes to be proud about

17Aug 2020
The Guardian
SADC has a lot of successes to be proud about

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has a lot of successes to be proud about and that the region must not shy away from celebrating its collective achievements inspired by its common history.

THE adoption of Kiswahili as among official languages at Southern African Development Community (SADC) is one of the key achievements attained during Tanzania's chairmanship.

Tanzania last week handed over the chair of the Standing Committee of Senior Officials of SADC to Mozambique, highlighting four major feats over the past one year.

Outgoing committee chairperson, Ambassador Brig Gen Wilbert Ibuge, who is also the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation, handed over the chairmanship to incoming chairperson, Ambassador Alfredo Nuvunga, Director for Regional and Continental Integration, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Republic of Mozambique.

President John Magufuli handed over the regional bloc's chairmanship to the President of Mozambique, Filipe Nyusi. Shortly after symbolically handing over the chair during the videoconferencing in Dar es Salaam, Brig Gen Ibuge said the regional bloc managed to register tangible successes despite challenges brought by the Covid-19, which forced the adoption of videoconferencing in conducting its businesses.

Apart from adoption of Kiswahili as the official language of the SADC, the previous one year witnessed preparation of regional guidelines for harmonising and facilitating movement of critical goods and services across the region during Covid-19 pandemic.

During its chairpersonship, Tanzania succeeded to improve and eventually recommended for improvement of two drafts-- SADC Development Vision 2050 and Regional Indicative Strategy Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030.

As we handed over chairmanship, we look forward to the next meeting in March 2021 that Mozambique would lead all member states in formalising the two documents.

We are happy we Tanzania have managed to bring SADC, where it is supposed to be during this period of one year, although there was a big challenge of Covid-19.

All member countries stood for economic development, with the industrialisation agenda during President John Magufuli's leadership of the regional bloc.

SADC governments should now seek smart partnerships with the private sector and increase the region’s productivity in the manufacturing and labour sectors, especially in the agro-industry and processing sectors. With the right policies and incentives, we can establish our countries as attractive destinations for win–win investment alliances.

Investment in education and infrastructure development, as well as curbing the illicit financial flows out of Africa, is critical in ensuring that SADC achieves its longstanding vision of a united, integrated and prosperous region.

The SADC region has the capacity to be self-sufficient through its natural resources as well as a vibrant and skilled human capital. We are endowed with vast natural resources that offer vast potential for unleashing growth and development for our region, however, it is critical for SADC to come up with new and innovative strategies to ensure that it adds value to its resources before exporting and ensure that the resources bring tangible benefit to our people and countries. SADC must use its abundant natural resources properly, and accelerate the pace towards industrialisation and aim towards being self-reliant.

Self-reliance is pivotal not only for the governments and government institutions but also for the people. In the same vein, the importance of peace and security towards a more prosperous integration is very essential for the regions development

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