Malawi government has made a strong commitment to help make the Southern Africa Development Community (Sadc) realise its goals and objectives as espoused in the 16-member bloc’s Vision 2050.
The commitment has been made by principal secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Luckie Sikwese when he made his acceptance speech during the official opening of the Sadc standing committee of senor officials at Bingu International Convention Center (BICC).
Sikwese officially took over chairmanship of the standing committee of senior officials from ambassador Carlos Rodrigues Da Costa, who is also director for regional and continental integration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Mozambique.
Said Sikwese: “The government of Malawi is, therefore, committed to work tirelessly with you all in the realisation of the goals and objectives of the RISDP (Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan) 2020 to 2030 and Sadc Vision 2050 thereby translating the aspirations of our fore fathers into realities.”
Both the Sadc Vision 2050 and RISDP were approved by the 40th Ordinary Summit of Sadc which was held virtually on 17 August and hosted by Mozambique.
On his part, outgoing chairperson of the committee Da Costa thanked all member states for supporting his tenure of office and prayed for continued peace and co-existence among member states.
Yesterday’s meeting by the Sadc committee of senior officials precedes the upcoming meetings of the Sadc Council of Ministers and the 41st Ordinary Summit of the Sadc Heads of State and Government which will be held from 13th to 14th August, 2021, and, from 17th to 18th August, 2021, respectively.
The main role of the meeting is to prepare fully the work to be considered and adopted by the Sadc Council of Ministers.
The Sadc summit has pooled together about 400 delegates and will be held under the theme ‘bolstering productive capacities in the face of Covid-19 pandemic for inclusive, sustainable, economic and industrial transformation.’