The implementation of SADC integration agenda and objectives, as outlined in the SADC Treaty, progresses well despite some challenges

The implementation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) integration agenda and objectives, as outlined in the SADC Treaty, has progressed well despite some challenges.

These remarks were made by the SADC Chairperson, Hage Geingob at the SADC first mid-year coordination meeting in Niger yesterday.

SADC has been successful at many levels and across a wide range of areas relating to regional cooperation and integration, he said.

Geingob said at continental level, the current situation of overlapping mandates and duplication of efforts among Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and between RECs and the African Union (AU) undermines progress, and needs to be resolved as a pre-condition to accelerating continental integration.

There is need for absolute clarity of roles and responsibilities between AU and RECs, and the principle of subsidiarity should provide the basis for effective division of labour, bearing in mind the financial challenges being faced by Member States, he said, adding the countries should direct and take ownership of the formulation of policies and programmes at regional and continental levels with a view to ensuring value for money.

Source: Namibia Press Agency