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MEDIA RELEASE: SADC-PF COMMITTEE CONCERNED OVER SLOW IMPLEMENTATION OF CHILD MARRIAGE, HIV/AIDS AND ELECTIONS MODEL LAWS

11 Apr 2021
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WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Sunday 11 April 2021 - The Regional Parliamentary Model Laws Oversight Committee (RPMLOC) during its meeting on Friday, raised concern over the slow and in some instances non-implementation of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) Model Laws on Child Marriage, HIV/AIDS and Elections.

About six SADC-PF Standing Committees are holding virtual statutory meetings from the 9th until the 16th of April 2021 in preparation for the 49th Plenary Assembly Session to be hosted by the Parliament of Botswana in June, where each Committee will table its report.

 

The RPMLOC was established in June 2018 ahead of the 45th SADC-PF Plenary Assembly, with the primary objective of monitoring and evaluating the progress of SADC Members States in domesticating and implementing their regional obligations with regards to SADC-PF Model laws and policies. Friday's meeting was held under the theme: " Augmenting the enhanced execution of regional obligations by national Parliaments ."

Speaking at the RPMLOC meeting the Acting Chairperson of the Committee, Hon Bertha Ndebele, said: "To date it can be said that in tracking implementation there has been slow implementation and in some instances non-implementation of regional and international commitments and this is unsettling as it stalls the regional integration agenda."

The RPMLOC agreed in its meeting today to focus on the following priorities for 2021:

(i) to acquaint itself with extent to which the Model Laws on Child Marriages has been domesticated in Zimbabwe; and

(ii) to interface with various stakeholders in Zambia to look into the context in which the country has domesticated Model laws.

"The objective is to assess and document Zambia and Zimbabwe's progress in domesticating the model laws and report to Plenary. We will use the experience to enhance the Committee Members' knowledge on progress and strategies for the domestication of Model Laws in transboundary contexts such as border towns," said Hon Ndebele.

SADC-PF Standing Committee Meetings are continuing until 16 April with the next one happening today (Sunday, 11 April) with the Standing Committee on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment chaired by Hon. Anele Ndebele, from Zimbabwe, scheduled to deliberate on enhancing regional economic integration through infrastructure development, focusing specifically on the case of one-stop border posts.

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