Creating prosperity is paramount - Geingob

17 August 2018 | Africa

President Hage Geingob, in his acceptance speech as incoming SADC chairperson, this morning said the region has a mandate to fulfill prosperity and eradicate poverty amongst its people.
Geingob also emphasised the importance of unity and especially the peaceful transition of power, as well as the urgency to promote deepened economic integration.
He also advocated strongly for the easing of customs and movement between member states.
"We are all aware that our aspirations of industrialisation and subsequent sustainable development cannot be pursued without the existence of robust governance architecture within our respective countries. It is imperative that we build on the significant progress made in our region by adopting a modern approach to governance, characterised by robust processes, systems and institutions and no longer centered on personalities."
South African president and outgoing chair of the regional body Cyril Ramaphosa reminded leaders that the region is still confronted with many challenges, including a lack of adequate infrastructure, underdevelopment, poverty, and the spread of communicable diseases.
He also noted that the region remains peaceful and stable, adding that the peaceful elections in Zimbabwe is a good sign.
"We should continue to be guided by adherence to democratic values and practices, good governance and credible and regular national elections. The consolidation of democracy and the elevation of the rule of law across the region is a sign of the improved effectiveness of our regional institutions and mechanisms, Ramaphosa said.
JEMIMA BEUKES

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