SADC region on a positive trajectory, says Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa’s national development plan is aligned to the regional objectives which, in turn, mesh with those of the wider continent.
PRETORIA - Making his maiden speech to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, President Cyril Ramaphosa notes the region is on a positive trajectory.
Ramaphosa handed the chair of the 16-nation grouping to his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob, who is hosting the summit.
Ramaphosa says the SADC is addressing its main challenges of inadequate infrastructure, underdevelopment, poverty, the effects of climate change and the spread of communicable diseases.
Despite the troubled spots in the region, he says it remains relatively peaceful.
President @CyrilRamaphosa at the SADC Organ on Politics , Defence and Security meeting in Namibia. President Ramaphosa is introducing retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke as the Mediation Leader of the SADC facilitation team on the Kingdom of Lesotho. pic.twitter.com/1Wy7jSsrDn— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) August 16, 2018
He says South Africa’s national development plan is aligned to the regional objectives which, in turn, mesh with those of the wider continent.
Analysts say although the chair of SADC has moved on from South Africa, its leadership of the region is something that will persist until the middle of the century.
WATCH: President Ramaphosa keynote address at the 38th SADC Summit
(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)