Southern Africa: Swaziland – SADC Council of Ministers Meeting Ends

The meeting of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Ministers Council closed on Saturday in Mbabane, Swaziland, has recommended the State members the medium and short term implementation of feasible development projects.

The meeting aimed at preparing the 36th summit of regional organisation's heads of State and governments, set for 30 and 31 this month in the Swazi capital.

The Angolan Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Chikoti, said that the meeting focused on the need to adopt a more reasonable budget that allows the member countries to execute the organisation's projects, in a short period of time.

In order to ensure the funding of the projects, the minister said, the meeting defended the need to open channels that allow the involvement of International partners, (European Union and Russia).

Meanwhile, the ministers decided to sign a cooperation contract with Russia to ensure contribution to the organisation budget for the implementation of development projects.

According to the official, taking into account the theme of the Summit on The mobilization of Resource for investment on infrastructure, the participants appealed to SADC Executive Secretariat to reduce the budget of the development plan in order to attract more potential investors.

The meeting also reviewed the issues related to the SADC candidatures.

According to Georges Chikoti, the ministers concluded that the organisation must appoint, for all positions it wants to run, two candidates - male and female.

SADC reaffirmed its support to Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi of Botswana (minister of Foreign Affairs) who is running for replacing the South African Nkosozama Zuma at the helm of the African Union Commission.

On the other hand, SADC intends to run for the positions of commissioners for political affairs and agricultural development of African Union Commission.

"The candidatures are open, but the Ministerial Committee of Troika Body (CMO) will meet on September to deeply discuss the issue and take a decision", said the minister Georges Chikoti.

Regretting the delay recorded in contributions by member states, the minister said that Angola has complied with its commitment.

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

Source: Angola Press Agency.