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SADC SUMMIT ENDS – LEADERS PLEDGE ECONOMIC GROWTH

The 43rd SADC Summit has ended in Angola’s Capital Luanda with commitments by member states to continue fostering peace, market integration and investment, to spur sustainable socio-economic growth.

With a combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $720 billion against a population of 320 million people, of whom 75 percent are young, outgoing SADC Chairperson and President of DRC, Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo, said member states have what it takes to prosper together.

Apart from DRC handing over rotational leadership of the 16-member bloc to Angola, Heads of State and Government also firmly spoke in support of close collaboration in growing their national economies through increased investment, value addition and market integration.

In a communique marking the end of the yearly meeting, the Summit has disclosed several resolutions made, including one on labour and employment, for the achievement of decent work for all.

Also approved and signed is a declaration on accelerating action to end HIV and AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, with Heads of State and Government pledging to make the fight a top priority.

Held under the theme “Human and financial capital; the key drivers of sustainable industrialisation in the SADC region,” the two-day ordinarily Heads of State and Government Summit started on August 17.

Reported by Mercy Zamawa

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