Newly elected Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Elias Magosi met with Malawi President and SADC President Lazarus Chakwera on Tuesday where they discussed regional integration and development .
This was Magosi’s first official visit since taking office as SADC Executive Secretary on September 1, 2021, following his appointment to the 41st SADC Heads of State and Government Summit held in Lilongwe, August 17-18, 2021.
According to a statement, the meeting, which was held behind closed doors, discussed a wide range of issues relating to the promotion and deepening of regional integration, cooperation and development.
The two leaders also discussed issues relating to accelerating the implementation and achievement of the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030 and the SADC Vision 2050.
“The Executive Secretary will also share his vision as head of the SADC Secretariat which is the main executive body of SADC responsible, inter alia, for strategic planning and management of SADC programs and implementation. decisions of the SADC Summit, Council and Ministers, ”he added. part of the release.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, Magosi described his meeting with Chakwera as essential in driving the SADC regional integration initiative.
“We also talked about health. We are facing the Covid-19 pandemic obviously there are lessons that have been learned and we must facilitate because we are the facilitation center.
“We discussed the lessons that have been learned by different member states. How can we improve coordination in the future if something like this happens to us again in the future,” said Magosi.
Prior to the meeting with the SADC President, Magosi had discussions with the Minister of Foreign Affairs who is also the Chairman of the SADC Council of Ministers, Eisenhower Mkaka.
“It was important for him to interact with the SADC President just to appreciate what the SADC President has for SADC vision so that the two can work side by side to ensure that the integration agenda regional SADC is a reality, ”Mkaka said. After the meeting.
After being appointed seventh Executive Secretary, Magosi pledged to actively engage SADC Member States, international cooperation partners and other stakeholders to achieve the goals of RISDP 2020-2030, a SADC model that , among others, gives priority to the development of infrastructure, industrial development and market integration, the development of social and human capital and other cross-cutting issues, in particular the environment, climate change, risk management of disaster, gender and youth empowerment.
SADC is an organization of 16 member states established in 1980 as the Southern African Development Coordinating Conference and later in August 1992 transformed into the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
SADC’s mission is to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient and productive systems, deeper cooperation and integration, good governance and lasting peace and security; so that the region emerges as a competitive and efficient player in international relations and the global economy.
Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are its member states.