Speaking during the visual meeting of the 40th SADC Council of Ministers held on Thursday Kabudi said that in the past one year, SADC Members States witnessed a number of developments ranging from social, economic and political.
During the meeting Prof Kabudi handed over the chairpersonship of the SADC Council of Ministers to Veronica Nataniel Macamo Dlhovo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Mozambique.
Prof Kabudi said that under the chairmanship p of the President John Magufuli, SADC finalised the formulation of the Post 2020 Agenda, culminating in the draft SADC Vision 2050 and Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030 Blueprints which are aimed at providing strategic direction to advance the SADC regional integration agenda.
He also said the multiple hazards such as COVID-19 have highlighted the importance of regional cooperation and coordinated response, as well as the need to come up with innovative mechanisms to strengthen resilience, preparedness and responsiveness for disasters including pandemics, epidemics and related hazards.
Kabudi said through collective resolve in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SADC was able to promote intra-trade in the region and beyond by developing Regional Guidelines on Harmonisation and Facilitation of Cross Border Transport of Goods across the Region, leading to a seamless flow of trade in the region and mitigating the negative health impacts of the pandemic.
The minister noted that at the 39th Summit of Heads of States of SADC adopted Kiswahili as the fourth working language of SADC. Its adoption as SADC Official language was positively received and it has since then been used in official meetings.
“It is our belief that SADC will continue to embrace the language and member states will introduce the same in their universities and schools curricula. The achievements we registered as a Community would have not been possible without the hard work and commitment of all of us,” he added.
Prof Kabudi further added: “As we handover the Chairmanship, Industrialisation remains at the core of the SADC integration agenda premised on the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap 2015 -2063. No doubt, our region has made some progress in the economic integration of the region.”
For her part, Mozambique ambassador to Tanzania Monica Clemente who spoke on behalf of Minister Dlhovo commended President Magufuli for serving well the chairmanship position.
She hailed for the achievements that SADC has made under his leadership notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic.
Clemente pledged the commitment of the Republic of Mozambique to strengthening political and economic integration, by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, industrialization, trade and investment agenda.
The Council of Ministers meeting was held ahead of the Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government scheduled for August 17, 2020 where Filipe Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique will take over the Chairpersonship of SADC from President Magufuli.