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WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Thursday 17 June 2021 - The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum has learnt with a deep sense of shock and sadness about the passing on of Zambia's founding father and former President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.

Dr. Kaunda, who had been hospitalised recently due to ill health, was the first President of liberated Zambia and took the helm in 1964 after his country gained independence from Britain. He was Zambia's President for 27 years - from 1964 until 1991.

"We would like to thank him for his contribution in ensuring that the people of the region enjoy the freedoms that they have, he is one of the foremost people who paved the way for others to gain independence from the colonial regimes," said SADC PF Secretary General, Ms. Boemo Sekgoma.

The National Assembly (Portuguese: Assembleia Nacional) is the legislative branch of the government of Angola. The National Assembly is a unicameral body, with 220 members: 130 members elected by proportional representation and 90 members elected by provincial districts.

 

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SADC-PF MPS CONDUCT OVERSIGHT ON TANZANIA’S HEALTH ABD AGRICULTURAL SECTOR

WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Wednesday 09 June 2021 – The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) Members of Parliament will, on Thursday 10 June, hold a virtual oversight meeting on the social accountability and oversight of the health and agricultural sectors in Tanzania.

Tanzania oversight

  • The Vice-President of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, Hon. Dr. Fiarovana Lovanirina Celéstin ;
  • Hon. Speakers and Hon. Members of the Executive Committee here present;
  • The Secretary General, Ms Boemo M. Sekgoma, and staff of the SADC PF.
  • The Chairperson of the Committee of Clerks Ms Barbra Dithapo.
  • Ladies and Gentlemen.
  • Comrades and Friends.

Let me begin by welcoming to you all to this important second meeting of our Executive Committee which precedes the 49th Plenary Assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum to be hosted by Parliament of Botswana. Let me also express my gratitude to you, Hon. Members of the Executive Committee, and the Secretariat, for supporting my Office while DRC holds the prestigious position of the Presidency of the Forum. The warm wave of support that I immediately felt upon joining the Forum, should continue to define the way we do business going forward. Together, driven by our common aspiration for a fully integrated SADC Region, we will overcome any obstacles that may stand in our path in our endeavour to steer the Forum to be, "The flag bearer of democratisation and socio-economic development in the SADC Region."

Hon. Speakers, Hon. Members, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Opening Remarks by the President to the SADC Parliamentary Forum Executive Committee

Concept Note

1.0 Background

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) faces significant development challenges in both the health and agricultural sectors, many of which have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. While SADC Member States are signatory to multiple regional, continental and international instruments that aim to address these challenges, their objectives can only be realised through national-level domestication, implementation and oversight.

As recognised by the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063, as well as SADC's Vision 2050 and Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), good governance through enhanced social accountability is an important enabler in eradicating poverty in the region. Progress reports on the implementation of the Abuja and Malabo Declarations, which commit African states to increase investment in health and agricultural development, emphasise the need to strengthen accountability in the use of public funds. In particular, the reports urge states to ensure effective evidence-based planning, efficient implementation of programmes and elimination of resource wastage.

WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Sunday 02 May 2021 - The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) standing committees are, this week, scheduled to hold virtual meetings on the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), interpreting international trade agreements and enhancing accountability on regional commitments.

Tomorrow, the Standing Committee on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) chaired by Hon. Anele Ndebele, from Zimbabwe, is scheduled to discuss ways in which they can make the AfCFTA work. TIFI members, joined by members of National Parliamentary committees dealing with trade, will discuss what the implementations of the AfCFTA mean for SADC Member States and SADC. The meeting is scheduled to start at 09:00.

On Tuesday, the TIFI Committee will meet again to enhance Members' knowledge on Reading and Interpreting International Trade Agreements. The Committee will again be joined by their counterparts from National Parliamentary Committee that deal with trade issues. The meeting starts at 09:00.

On Thursday and Friday, the Standing Committee on Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FARN) and the Regional Parliamentary Model Law Oversight Committee (RPMLOC) both chaired by Hon. Leon Tumba, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are scheduled to host a webinar on the status of SADC Protocols related to natural resources and climate governance and trends against global commitments and the role of Parliaments (periodic tracking of SADC Protocols). The two-day webinar, starting at 09:00, will discuss ways in which members can enhance regional accountability on regional commitments.

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WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Sunday 02 May 2021 - The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) standing committees are, this week, scheduled to hold virtual meetings on the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), interpreting international trade agreements and enhancing accountability on regional commitments.

Tomorrow, the Standing Committee on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) chaired by Hon. Anele Ndebele, from Zimbabwe, is scheduled to discuss ways in which they can make the AfCFTA work. TIFI members, joined by members of National Parliamentary committees dealing with trade, will discuss what the implementations of the AfCFTA mean for SADC Member States and SADC. The meeting is scheduled to start at 09:00.

On Tuesday, the TIFI Committee will meet again to enhance Members' knowledge on Reading and Interpreting International Trade Agreements. The Committee will again be joined by their counterparts from National Parliamentary Committee that deal with trade issues. The meeting starts at 09:00.

On Thursday and Friday, the Standing Committee on Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FARN) and the Regional Parliamentary Model Law Oversight Committee (RPMLOC) both chaired by Hon. Leon Tumba, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are scheduled to host a webinar on the status of SADC Protocols related to natural resources and climate governance and trends against global commitments and the role of Parliaments (periodic tracking of SADC Protocols). The two-day webinar, starting at 09:00, will discuss ways in which members can enhance regional accountability on regional commitments.

MEDIA ACCESS : Meetings of the SADC-PF are open to the media and journalists who are interested in covering them must send a request for login details to the SADC-PF Media Office on this email:

 

The meetings will also be broadcast on DSTV Channel 408 and live streamed on the SADC-PF platforms on the links below:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sadcpf

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/sadcpf

YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCa0QZWjuXVxer_vm637pBmQ

ISSUED BY THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY PARLIAMENTARY FORUM

Enquiries: Modise Kabeli +27 81 715 9969

WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Sunday 11 April 2021 - The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum's (SADC-PF) Standing Committee on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) has called on SADC countries to harmonise systems to reduce, amongst others, cross border trade costs and time spent at borders.

The TIFI Committee, chaired by Hon. Anele Ndebele, from Zimbabwe, met virtually today under the theme: " Enhancing Regional Economic Integration Through Infrastructure Development: A Case Of One Stop Border Post" to discuss ways in which regional economic integration, through infrastructure development - with special focus on one-stop border posts, can be enhanced.

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