SADC must intensify regional integration efforts: Banda
Banda takes over as SADC Chair
Published on Aug 17, 2013
We now cross live to Lilongwe for the latest
This as Malawian President, Joyce Banda, called for a regional body,
that takes care of its citizens and has their best interests at heart.
The SADC summit held in Malawi,
raised the uncompromising views of issues affecting the region
Banda, the incoming chair of the regional body did not mince her words, calling for a SADC of the people, a regional body that will address its socio- economic issues. Thanking the outgoing chair, Banda said war should be waged against poverty. She says Africa was on the move and it needs to intensify its efforts towards regional integration.
"To achieve durable and long lasting peace and stability in our region we must start with the war against poverty, we must fight the war to end the contemporary deliberate and savage violence of poverty and under development of our people," says Banda.
There was an equally uncompromising message from the chair of the African Union Commission.
Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma says Africa won't develop to its full potential if it does not utilise its resources. And that the continent still continues to face challenges of poverty, unemployment and gender inequality.
"We must indeed invest in our most precious resource our people. Our approach to education, science, technology research and innovation, it must lead to skills revolution at national, regional and continental levels," says Dlamini- Zuma.
The outgoing chair, Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza, emphasised on the need for a free trade agreement, a need to bring on board Ecowas, Comesa and SADC together.
"Trade, industry, finance and investments are contributing very decisively to the consolidation of SADC free trade area," expressed Guebuza.
There was also a call on the regional body not to spend time concentrating on conflicts ignoring developmental issues.
There's no doubt that regional integration will be the key focus of SADC's commitment to address issues such as poverty alleviation fighting unemployment and enhancing its citizens.