SADC Council of Ministers meeting to open in Botswana

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers meeting will be held from March 14-15 in Gaborone, organizers said Friday.


SADC Director of Policy Planning and Resource Mobilization Angelo Mondlane told the media that the ministers meet at least twice a year to look at issues of money, and this year’s meeting is expected to approve the budget of SADC Secretariat.

The director said the meeting is also to discuss and approve the cooperate plans made under the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISP).

The RISP implemented in 2003 and has been a blue print of SADC as it articulates the main priority of the organisation, according to Mondlane.

Updating the media on the status of RISP, Mondlane said ever since its formation, issues of industrialization and Infrastructure, gender equality, and security have been improved.

“It realigned the priority of industrialization, because it focused on trade deliberations and dismantled tariffs, implemented a number of measures to facilitate trade within the region, and allowed free transportation of goods, which unlocked the development of the region,” he said.

He said after the 2003 trade protocol which governs the intra-regional trade amongst the SADC member states, the liberation of trade figures improved from seven percent to twenty percent.

RISP also looks at issues like marketing integration, infrastructure development, politics defence and security cooperation, social and human development, food security, and science and technology, Mondlane added. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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