Tanzania set to hand over Sadc chairmanship on 17th August

11Aug 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzania set to hand over Sadc chairmanship on 17th August

​​​​​​​TANZANIA is set to hand over the chairmanship of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on 17th August, this year. Tanzania has outlined three achievements recorded in one year since President John Magufuli took over as the bloc’s chairman.

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Permanent Secretary Brig. General Wilbert Ibuge.

The achievements include adoption of regional guidelines for harmonising and facilitating movements of critical goods and services across the region during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The list also includes recommendations for endorsement of the draft of SADC vision 2050 and regional indicative strategic development plan (RISDP) 2020-30.

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Permanent Secretary Brig. General Wilbert Ibuge was speaking during the handing over of his role as the bloc’s standing committee of senior official’s chairperson to ambassador Alfredo Nuvunga of the Republic of Mozambique.

Brig. Gen Ibuge said during the period the 16- nation bloc had been able to put into place the guidelines related to transportation of goods and services to ensure the seamless flow of trade in the region.

Ambassador Nuvunga was represented by ambassador of Mozambique in Tanzania Monica Clemente. 

“We need to congratulate ourselves as a region for doing so well to maintain our regional cooperation amidst and despite those challenges,” said ambassador Ibuge.

Sadc vision 2050 and RISDP 2020-30, which were recommended for endorsement on August 6 this year, will be submitted for consideration to the council of ministers at “this sitting”

He said everyone is part of the historical contribution as the region’s member states position their integration for 2050.

The development also came in the consonance with the African Union’s developmental Agenda 2063 and the planned achievement of united social development goals by 2030.

“The task ahead of Mozambique is to formalize the vision 2050 and RISDP 2020-30 after being passed by the council of ministers and then heads of state  in a  meeting to be held on August 17,” said Brigadier General Ibuge.  

For her part, ambassador Clemente said her country would do whatever it takes to promote trade and economic relations in the region.

President Magufuli is expected to hand over the Sadc chairmanship to his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi on 17th this month during the bloc’s heads of state summit to be held   in Dodoma.