Govt reiterates commitment to fostering strong SADC economic linkages

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Government has reiterated it’s commitment in fostering strong economic linkages in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Foreign Affairs Minister Joseph Malanji says regional integration in peace, industrial development and trade remains a vital catalyst to economic development in Southern Africa.

Speaking during the SADC Council of Ministers meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, Mr. Malanji said a robust approach in the implementation of development programs in the regional bloc will stimulate increased economic activity that will improve the living standards of people.

“Regional integration continues to be one of Zambia’s key strategies of economic diplomacy to ensure enhanced implementation of critical regional programmes which will improve the lives of the Zambian people and the region at large” he said.

He further explained that the regions Ministers will seek to review the performance of SADC member states’ interaction with the private sector in developing industry and regional value chains.

Mr. Malanji expressed confidence that advanced infrastructure development such as the construction of the Kazungula Bridge in the North South Corridor and the accelerated improvement in education, health, agriculture and power generation will play a critical role in advancing the economic prospects of the 16 members states in the Southern African regional bloc.

Meanwhile the SADC Council of Ministers has congratulated Mr. Malanji on his appointment as Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister.

South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Ms. Lindiwe Sisulu, who is chairperson of the Council welcomed Mr. Malanji to the SADC Council of Ministers.

The Minister is accompanied by his counterpart in the Ministry of Commerce Christopher Yaluma and a delegation of senior government officials from Cabinet Office, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance.

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