SADC summit debates industrialization

Luanda – The Extraordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), to take place on 18 March in Swaziland, will address essentially the issue of industrialization in this region of Africa, said on Friday in Luanda, the Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Chikoti.

According to the minister, who was speaking to the press in terms of defense and security, the leaders of the organization will consider aspects related to some conflicts still latent, highlighting those prevailing in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lesotho.

SADC, he said, has the benefit of being probably the most stable region on the continent, where there are no deep conflicts affecting every area.

He added that the experts and governments of the regional body are looking at the consolidation of the industrialization programme and the issues of trade liberalization on the continent.

In this regard, he said, “if experts and governments can approve a strategy of industrialization of the continent, this can certainly facilitate the liberalization of trade itself”.

SADC comprises 14 countries: Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Source: Angola Press News Agency