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Namibia will assist with SADC parliamentary transition

Namibia will assist with SADC parliamentary transition

Niël Terblanché

NAMIBIA will remain involved and assist with the process of the transformation of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum into a fully fledged Parliament by providing leadership through active engagement with like-minded member states to yield a better articulation of the desired outcomes.

 

During the 16th session of Cabinet a report on the 39th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government was presented and the body directed that Namibia remain involved in the transformation process especially in relation to the mandate, powers and functions of the transformed parliament.

 

Cabinet also approved a request that the security cluster remains involved with developments regarding peace and security in the region. Namibia should make her inputs into the advisory notes shared by the SADC Secretariat and actively participate in the Strategic Review of United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) which is expected to be concluded during this month.

In the same vain the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation is to continue spearheading the political issues at all levels and to ensure the establishment of the International Women Centre. The Ministry was tasked to engage local stakeholders on the strategy to be employed by Namibia to amplify the call for lifting of sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by 25 October 2019 as endorsed by the Summit and to establish a National Committee to ensure coordinated participation in SADC activities and full implementation of decisions and directives.

 

The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation along with the Ministries of Environment and Tourism, Justice and the Attorney General are to convene at an inter-Ministerial meeting to review actions taken by Namibia in order to map the way forward for the winding up and to consider the legal implications of the decisions taken by Namibia on the Regional Tourism Organisation of Africa (RETOSA).

 

The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare must coordinate efforts to ensure Namibia’s participation in the impending review process of activities under the Beijing Platform of Action.

 

The Ministries of International Relations and Cooperation along with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and National Service are to continue championing the implementation of the Summit Theme which has a focus on youth empowerment for sustainable development.

 

The task will accommodate calls by young people to be included in the decision making process at both national and regional levels. Furthermore the ministries must provide a scope to mainstream the 2015 Declaration on Youth Development and Empowerment and the 38th Summit theme into the Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan.

 

The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation and the National Planning Commission are to lead the national review process of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan and the Strategic Indicative Plan for the Organ.

 

In this regard a workshop should be arranged to engage state and non-state actors on the achievements, challenges and opportunities for the region in the development of its new strategic direction. The review of the two plans is time bound and is due by the end of October 2019 to ensure that it forms part of the next strategic development for the SADC.

 

The Ministry of Finance was tasked to provide guidance on the way forward with respect to the agreement for establishing a Development Fund for the SADC.

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