Angola Works On SADC Protocols Membership (allAfrica.com)

Angola continues working on creation of conditions for joining the Protocols of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) on Trade and Free Movement of People and Goods.

This was said Thursday in Luanda by Angolan minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti.

Georges Chikoti was speaking to Angop at “4 de Fevereiro” International Airport, shortly before leaving for Gaborone, Botswana, to attend another meeting of the Council of Ministers of SADC.

After acknowledging the Angola’s delay on the issue, the official pledged that the country is doing its best to sign the two documents and ratify them.

Georges Chikoti said that the country needs to perform internal work due to the current situation.

According to him, Angola has experienced long periods of war and needs more time, compared to the most of the community members.

In addition to these aspects, Angola will have to address on the matters relating to the security situation in the region, with stress to the political and military crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Kingdom of Lesotho, noted the minister.

As for the economic, financial and social situation of the region, the participants will also discuss the issue of regional Development Fund and the Budget Finance for 2015/16, he said.

SADC comprises Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mauritius, Seychelles, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.