A senior Zambian government official said regional integration was key to Africa’s development, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Thursday.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said regional integration will make Africa much stronger in the global market and be able to compete favorably.
In remarks made after the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) extra ordinary summit held in Zimbabwe, the Zambian minister said the regional bloc has come up with a regional strategic development plan which will be incorporated into the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063 in which the continent should be able to relate with the rest of the world.
The regional bloc, he said, was trying to emancipate itself to be at par with other regions hence the emphasis on industrialization as key and an answer to most challenges that African countries are faced with.
“All this is meant to make Africa become one because once we begin trading amongst ourselves, we will become stronger and even the development process will move as one continent of Africa in realizing our people’s dreams,” he was quoted as saying by the paper.
Zambian President Edgar Lungu said during remarks delivered at the 34th session of the SADC extraordinary summit of heads of state and government that the regional bloc should undertake a comprehensive mapping of the region’s diverse resources with a view to identifying where each member country could have the utmost success in capturing high-value opportunities for value addition based on the key strengths and capabilities. Enditem