NAMIBIAN PRESIDENT URGES SADC MEMBER STATES TO BE INCLUSIVE IN IMPLEMENTATION OF PROJECTS

WINDHOEK, President Hage Geingob of Namibia has called on all Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State to be inclusive in the implementation of development projects.

Speaking at the closing of the 37th SADC Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa on Sunday, Geingob said there were some legitimate expectations among member states' citizens that the presence of SADC should be felt through the implementation of development projects.

He said development must continue to be people-centred and homegrown, and SADC should therefore continue to put the triple challenges of poverty eradication, job creation and inclusive growth at the centre of its developmental agenda.

"As we develop and refine our policy responses, let us be guided by the notion as postulated by (American economist) Joseph Stiglitz that inclusive and shared growth is a policy choice," said the Namibian leader.

Whether it is industrialization, financial sector deepening, promotion of the blue economy or any other matter, inclusivity should be the approach, Geingob added. In order to meet these expectations, he said, it was important for leaders to constantly demonstrate their commitment to the ideals of the SADC.

Furthermore, he said, Heads of State must renew their commitment to honour their financial obligations to the organization, implement its decisions and maintain unity.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK