SADC holds virtual summit

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By Mamello Mosaefane

Mozambique virtually hosted a 40th SADC ordinary summit attended by 17 member countries today, with the theme; 40 years building peace, security, promoting development and resilience in the face of global challenges.

The summit applauded the SADC Secretariat for a detailed report on the emerging security threats in the region.

The Secretariat was then directed to prepare an action plan for the report’s implementation that will prioritize measures to combat terrorism, violent attacks, and cybercrime and effects of climate change.

Among the countries that are facing a security crisis is Mozambique that presented its violent attacks situation to the summit.

The country was therefore commended for its continued efforts towards fighting terrorism and the violent attacks.

The summit appointed President of Mozambique, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, as chairperson of SADC, succeeding the outgoing Chairperson, President John Pombe Magufuli of Tanzania.

Magufuli was commended by the summit for his outstanding exemplary leadership during his tenure, regardless of the challenges imposed on the region by COVID-19 pandemic.

The summit approved SADC vision 2050 which is based on a strong foundation of peace, security, and democratic governance and premised on the 3 pillars; industrial development, market integration, and infrastructure development in support of regional integration.

The summit also elected Botswana President Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K Masisi, as Chairperson of the organ on politics, defense and security operation.

Furthermore, the summit applauded Zambia and DRC governments for their commitment to resolve their border disputes harmoniously.

Meanwhile, Lesotho’s new Prime Minister, Moeketsi Majoro, who was also part of the virtual summit; received felicitations from the summit for his new position as the Prime Minister.

SADC facilitator to Lesotho, South African President, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa gave a progress report on the political and security state of Lesotho.

Ramaphosa commended the government of Lesotho and its citizens for a smooth and peaceful power transfer from former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to Majoro.

Lesotho’s new government was therefore encouraged to keep the momentum in the implementation of SADC decisions and submit a progress report in August 2021.

The summit urged member states to take proactive measures to mitigate, also congratulating Ramaphosa for his continuing facilitation in Lesotho.

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