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Lazarus Chakwera launches Malawi-Sadc Committee

Lazarus Chakwera

President Lazarus Chakwera Thursday launched the Malawi Southern African Development Community (Sadc) National Committee aimed at guiding Malawi’s implementation of Sadc decisions and programmes at the national level.

Chakwera said establishment of the committee was timely, as Malawi prepares to take over the Sadc chairmanship from Mozambique in August this year.

He said the committee had been launched at a time significant policy developments had just taken place.

“At the 40th Sadc Summit held in August 2020, the summit adopted two key policy measures: The first has the Sadc Vision 2050; the other being the 2020-30 Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plans. On the one hand, the Sadc Vision 2050 outlines the region’s long-term development aspirations in line with the continental African Union (AU) Vision Agenda 2063 as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

“On the other hand, the Regional Indicative Strategic Plan 2020-30 is the Region’s 10-year plan which focuses on the nexus between peace, security, good governance and economic development. The plan has identified industrialisation as critical to facilitating, deepening and accelerating Sadc’s market integration, with equitable distribution of regional integration opportunities,” Chakwera said.

Chairperson of the Committee, Foreign Affairs Minister Eisenhower Mkaka, said Malawi had, in the past, attempted to institute the Malawi Sadc National Committee but the initiatives ended in failure due to challenges such as lack of dedicated personnel and financial resources to steer the committee’s activities, changes in priorities and a general lack of commitment.

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