NAMIBIAN SET TO ASSUME CHAIR OF SADC, DESCRIVING IT AS “GREAT NOBILITY”

WINDHOEK-- Nambian President Hage Geingob is ready to take on a new role as the Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) this week, describing it as a great nobility.

In an interview with Nampa here, Geingob stressed that although chairing the SADC is challenging, he is certain that with the involvement and co-operation of all the member states, the sub-region will be able to tackle issues faced.

"We have a lot of responsibilities, including the outstanding elections in Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) which were initially scheduled for 2016 to determine a successor to incumbent President Joseph Kabila, but were postponed to December 2018," he notes.

According to media reports, the elections were delayed with a broken promise to hold them by the end of 2017.

The Namibian leader says that assuming the chair of the SADC at a time when people are crying to move into political independence to a second phase of economic emancipation and when the whole of the SADC sub-region is yearning for people to have decent housing and jobs is not an easy task, but is one worth taking on.

In a bid to deepen regional economic integration, Geingob cites integration as a requirement for Africa to one day have a union government which former Ghanaian leader Dr Kwame Nkrumah advocated for.

According to the head of state, this is now why there are regional economic commissions (RECs) all over Africa, which the SADC also has although there has recently been a continental trade area agreement signed.

"We have a problem of moving freely but we have now realised that goods and people must have free movement in the region, they must also follow their money, so for this, we have to provide a conducive environment first for investors and also free movement of people," Geingob says.

Meanwhile, the Heads of State and Government from the other 15 member countries will start arriving here Thursday to attend the 38th SADC Summit beginning on Friday. During the two-day summit, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa will hand over the Chair of the SADC to President Geingob.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

NAMIBIAN SET TO ASSUME CHAIR OF SADC, DESCRIVING IT AS “GREAT NOBILITY”

WINDHOEK-- Nambian President Hage Geingob is ready to take on a new role as the Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) this week, describing it as a great nobility.

In an interview with Nampa here, Geingob stressed that although chairing the SADC is challenging, he is certain that with the involvement and co-operation of all the member states, the sub-region will be able to tackle issues faced.

"We have a lot of responsibilities, including the outstanding elections in Democratic Republic Congo (DRC) which were initially scheduled for 2016 to determine a successor to incumbent President Joseph Kabila, but were postponed to December 2018," he notes.

According to media reports, the elections were delayed with a broken promise to hold them by the end of 2017.

The Namibian leader says that assuming the chair of the SADC at a time when people are crying to move into political independence to a second phase of economic emancipation and when the whole of the SADC sub-region is yearning for people to have decent housing and jobs is not an easy task, but is one worth taking on.

In a bid to deepen regional economic integration, Geingob cites integration as a requirement for Africa to one day have a union government which former Ghanaian leader Dr Kwame Nkrumah advocated for.

According to the head of state, this is now why there are regional economic commissions (RECs) all over Africa, which the SADC also has although there has recently been a continental trade area agreement signed.

"We have a problem of moving freely but we have now realised that goods and people must have free movement in the region, they must also follow their money, so for this, we have to provide a conducive environment first for investors and also free movement of people," Geingob says.

Meanwhile, the Heads of State and Government from the other 15 member countries will start arriving here Thursday to attend the 38th SADC Summit beginning on Friday. During the two-day summit, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa will hand over the Chair of the SADC to President Geingob.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK