Fernando da Piedade defends strong SADC parliament

Mahe, Seychelles – The Speaker of the National Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, defended on Sunday in Mahe, Seychelles, greater firmness in the proposals to be made regarding the nature and extent of the future SADC Parliament.

Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos made this statement when speaking to the Angolan press, on the sidelines of the preparatory meeting for the 41st session of the plenary assembly of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, for which he was elected president in November 2016 for a two-year term .

“Expectations are to take important steps to improve the organization and improve the accountability system for the lower organs”, said the politician, who is in Seychelles since Friday to chair the session, whose opening is taking place this Monday.

According to him, , who led the meeting of the executive committee of the SADC Parliamentary Forum, the proposals to be formulated regarding the nature and scope of what is intended of the new Regional Parliament should be more consistent.

In this regard, the speaker said that the meeting had decided on the items to be scheduled for the Plenary Assembly, as well as assessing the implementation of the recommendations made in the 40th session of the Committee in November 2016 in Zimbabwe.

Before the meeting of the executive committee, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos met with the vice-president of the organ, the Zimbabwean Senator Monica Mutsvangua, with whom he addressed issues related to the organization of the plenary assembly.

Under the motto “Exploiting the demographic dividend through youth investments”, the event will take place on 10-15 July at one of the hotels on the Bahe tourist island, 20 minutes from Victoria, the capital of the Republic of Seychelles.

SADC, an organization founded in 1992, groups Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Seychelles.

Source: Angola Press News Agency