The Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Mr. Elias Magosi, reaffirmed that the agenda and program of the bloc will remain guided by the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030 during its mandate.
Mr Magosi took the reins of the regional bloc on September 1 of this year from Dr Stergomena Tax, who completed his second and final four-year term at the helm.
On September 15, the new Executive Secretary received courtesy visits from the Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Botswana and SADC, Jan Sadek; Ambassador of France and Special Representative to SADC, Laurence Beau; German Ambassador and Special Representative to SADC, Margit Hellwig-Boette; and United States Ambassador to Botswana and Representative to SADC, Craig Cloud.
The purpose of the courtesy visits was to exchange introductory jokes between the parties and to exchange views on strengthening development cooperation.
Mr. Magosi underlined the important role of international cooperation partners in supporting the implementation of the RISDP 2020-2030 and towards the achievement of the SADC Vision 2050. On this note, he pledged to strengthen the mechanisms of ‘existing commitments between SADC and cooperation partners to accelerate regional integration and socio-economic development.
In their remarks, the Ambassadors pledged to continue to strengthen their long-standing collaboration and partnership with SADC to promote regional integration and development in line with the priorities defined in the RISDP and Vision 2050. SADC RISDP 2020-2030 is the region’s ten-year strategic plan outlining the priority strategic areas covering peace, security, good governance, industrial development and market integration, infrastructure development in support of integration regional, social and human capital development, youth, environment, climate change, disaster risk management and strategic management. – SADC