AFRICANGLOBE – Botswana’s President Ian Khama, the new Chairperson of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) paid tribute to his predecessor President Robert Mugabe for his leadership of the organization during his tenure.
During his acceptance of the chairmanship, Khama praised Mugabe for guiding the Organisation in adopting the Industrialisation Strategy and Road Map and the Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), at the SADC Extra – Ordinary Summit held in Harare, Zimbabwe, in April 2015.
He stressed that this focus has undeniably reshaped the pace and course of the region in the quest to maximise beneficiation of regional natural resources as a way of creating a better life for SADC citizens.
He further emphasized this year’s summit theme “Accelerating Industrialisation of SADC Economies through Transformation of Natural Endowment and Improved Human Capital”, picks up from last year’s theme of “SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation: Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Resources for Sustainable Economic and Social Development through Value Addition and In Beneficiation”.
“It is imperative for the Region to expedite the implementation of the RISDP and bring to life the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Road Map,” he stated.
In his Post-Council media briefing, Chairperson of the Council of Ministers, and Botswana’s Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Mr Kenneth Matambo further highlighted that the council noted that Industrialisation has been frontloaded in the RISDP.
He added that the council also directed the secretariat to “expeditiously finalise the development of a costed Action Plan on the Industrialization Strategy.”
The industrialization strategy, in line with Mugabe’s vision of beneficiation, is expected to add value to natural resources within the region and bring socio-economic transformation.