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18/08/2011: SADC president defends active organization

SADC president defends active organization

Luanda – The new SADC president, Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, called on the community to elevate the region to a higher level, making of it an active part of the world's development.

President José Eduardo dos Santos was speaking at the 31st SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government  in his capacity as acting president of the community. The new SADC president underlined that the process of development includes the review of the ongoing Regional Indicative Strategic Development 
Programme (RISDP) that will enable to redefine priorities in terms of programs and projects, standardize the work and influence the living quality of its citizens.

He defended that the initiative will precede a new paradigm, on the basis of which SADC will operate pointed toward achieving its noble goals. José Eduardo dos Santos called for a sustained and balanced integration, with a view to a new economic order, in which the legitimate interests of all nations can be respected and taken into account.

“In reviewing the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan, which constitutes the SADC core Programme of Action, we must necessarily adjust our procedures restructured in 2003, in order to achieve better cost-benefit
results,” said the president.

The new president of SADC also spoke of the need to take into account the deficits recorded in the member states trade balance, as they are behind the unbalanced  migration of manpower, differences of migration of working force in general, and staff in particular.

According to him, it can only be achieved  through the increment of competitiveness among the states, with due attention to the necessary balance between the collective interests and the self-interests of each SADC member
country. The Angolan Head of State also expressed his country's interest to boost the development of infrastructures which stimulate the economic growth and, especially, trade investment and development.

According to the statesman, the implementation of the SADC Infrastructures Steering Plan stands as a priority, with view to advantages from the  enormous natural resources and large extension of fertile soils for agriculture and agro-industry development, for the benefit of the people of the region.

The chairperson said, the decision made in 2006, related to the boosting of economic and regional integration is yielding its results with the coming into force of the  SADC Free Trade Zone, and the intensions are focussed on the large Trade Free Zone  of  the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) and SADC.

The integration of the continent is the final goal, said the president, calling for a hard work and responsibility, harmony with the Abuja Treaty and the Lagos Action Plan. "It is with redoubled satisfaction and sense of responsibility that I take over the destinies of our organization of regional integration,” said the new SADC
president.