Geingob calls for inclusitivity in SADC
WINDHOEK, 20 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has called on all Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State to be inclusive in the implementation of development projects.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 37th SADC Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa on Sunday, Geingob said there are some legitimate expectations among member states’ citizens that the presence of SADC should be felt through the implementation of development projects.
He said development must continue to be people-centered and homegrown, and SADC should therefore continue to put the triple challenges of poverty eradication, job creation and inclusive growth at the centre of its developmental agenda.
“As we develop and refine our policy responses, let us be guided by the notion as postulated by Joseph Stiglitz that inclusive and shared growth is a policy choice,” said the Namibian leader.
Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University.
Whether it is industrialisation, financial sector deepening, promotion of the blue economy or any other matter, inclusivity should be the approach, Geingob added.
To meet these expectations, he said, it is of paramount importance that leaders constantly demonstrate their commitment to the ideals of SADC.
Furthermore, he said Heads of State must renew their commitment to honour their financial obligations to the organisation, implement its decisions and maintain unity.
Geingob further commended outgoing SADC chairperson, King Mswati III of Swaziland for having steered the region with dexterity and sustained focus towards regional integration through advanced industrial programmes.
During the summit, Geingob was elected deputy SADC chairperson, and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa as chairperson.
The summit took place Saturday and Sunday under the theme ‘Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value-chains’.