President Dr Joyce Banda assures to carry out SADC goals0 Comments

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Posted on 18 Aug 2013 at 11:58pm

The President of Malawi, Joyce Banda,  Saturday in Lilongwe, Malawi, reaffirmed her country’s support to carry out the objectives of SADC, stipulated in the charter on the creation of this institution.

Joyce Banda who was speaking at the opening of the 33th summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), said that the country will engage in promotion of peace, political stability and improve the living standards of citizens.

A president, who is taking up the destinies of the organisation for a one year period, said she will rely on the support of all member States in the continued implementation of the projects.

Joyce Banda paid tribute to the outgoing President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique on the way he led the SADC with dedication and congratulated the President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean people on the elections in their country.

The Summit gathered heads of State of Malawi, Joyce Banda, South Africa, Jacob Zuma, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Joseph Kabila, Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, Vice President of Angola, Manuel Domingos Vicente, among other personalities.

President Joyce Banda at the 33th SADC Summit in Lilongwe

President Joyce Banda at the 33th SADC Summit in Lilongwe

Below is the president of Malawi statement on her official facebook page on this matter

My dear friends,
As you may be aware yesterday I assumed the Chairmanship of SADC. I am glad to inform you that during the 33rd Ordinary Summit of the SADC Heads of State and Government, we discussed a number of issues confronting the region on the political and socio-economic region.
I am now pleased to share with you some of them:
On the political front, we discussed the overall status of the region, noting in particular the situations in Zimbabwe, Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
On Zimbabwe, we commended the parties for their commitment to the Global Peace Agreement and for the free and peaceful conduct of the recent elections. We urged all parties to continue to work together to move the country forward. On Madagascar, we confirmed that we will continue to support the implementation of the SADC Roadmap and welcome the recent decision of the Special Electoral Court which upholds the principles of the Roadmap, as agreed by all relevant stakeholders.
And on the tragic situation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, we called on all political stakeholders to work to find a lasting solution for peace and stability.
For each of these countries, we encouraged all political stakeholders to re-double their efforts to resolve their differences peacefully. Only when we have security can we ensure that our people can fulfill their potential. We, therefore, reiterated our commitment, as a regional body, to remain actively engaged and to encourage and mediate solutions that uphold the principles to which we have all committed.
On socio-economic issues, we largely focused on the food security and nutrition challenges facing the region and agreed that this will be a key aspect of our work for 2013-14, under the chosen theme of ‘Agricultural Development and Agro-Industries: Key to Economic Growth and Poverty Eradication’. I am encouraged by the unanimous support of my fellow leaders in recognizing the importance of this issue.
We noted that there has been some progress to increase the representation of women in leadership positions in SADC. As the first female Chair of SADC I look forward to working with the first female Executive Secretary, Dr.Stergomena Tax.
I am motivated by my brother leaders who have pledged to work with me to increase the representation of women in the organization.
This morning we discussed how to accelerate our fight against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. I am pleased to note that, as a region, we have made extraordinary gains in our fight against these diseases, especially in HIV/AIDS. However, there is still a long way to go. I will continue to champion this issue throughout my term.
We also took time to review on-going work within SADC and committed ourselves to accelerating progress on key processes that are essential for the functioning, direction and vision of our organization.
Yesterday, when I took the helm as Chairperson of SADC, I emphasized that I want SADC to work with the people, for the people. I am confident that the discussions we have had during the Summit have laid a solid foundation to make this a reality.
Have a good night.
President Joyce Banda.