SADC TECHNICAL EXPERTS MEET IN NAMIBIA TO DISCUSS STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN

SWAKOPMUND, NAMIBIA-- A three-day Southern African Development Community (SADC) joint tripartite technical sub-committee meeting of experts is being held in this Namibian city to discuss the implementation of a revised regional indicative strategic development plan, extension of social security protection and the revision of the regional Decent Work Programme.

Speaking at the opening of the meeting Wednesday, the Permanent Secretary of Namibia's Ministry Of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation, Bro-Mathew Shinguadja, said these are critical topics for the sub-region which require proper consideration if the region is to address some of its challenges effectively and consistently.

"It should not be ignored that Africa in general and this part of the continent in particular has attracted unprecedented attention from all over the world because of its huge potential opportunities," he said.

Shinguadja noted that the meeting was taking place at a time when the region is experiencing developmental challenges like high rates of unemployment, particularly among youth and women.

Based on these and other considerations that are linked to labour, investment, trade, finance and planning, the meeting also approved the hosting of a separate ministerial meeting to deliberate on these issues, with a view toward building consensus on co-ordination and collaboration on policy formulation and implementation, he said.

Shinguadja, who is also the chairperson of the SADC Employment and Labour Sector, said: "This thus places the SADC region in a strategic position towards greater integration and inclusive development."

He went on to say the meeting will further review the harmonisation of labour, investment and employment policies and laws which can be achieved through SADC's Labour and Employment Protocol and Labour Migration Policy.

The meeting is being attended by representatives of all 15 SADC member countries.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK