The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has decided to establish a Regional Counterterrorism Center, which threatens to destabilize the entire region.
It is a regional unit which will be headquartered in Tanzania, with the mission of providing exclusive and strategic advisory services to the region on terrorist threats.
The establishment of this center was decided at the 41st Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, which was held on August 17-18, in Lilongwe, Malawi, a country which has assumed the rotating presidency. organisation.
Mozambique attended the Summit with a delegation led by President Filipe Nyusi, who handed over the SADC Presidency to his Malawian counterpart, Lazarus Chakwera.
On the occasion, Filipe Nyusi received congratulations from his counterparts for his exemplary leadership in the exercise of his mandate as President of SADC, a role entrusted to him in August 2020.
The final press release indicates that, even with regard to terrorism, the Summit received updated information on the security situation in the province of Cabo Delgado.
In this context, the session commended the SADC Member States for the provision of military personnel and financial support for the deployment of the Standby Force to assist Mozambique in the fight against terrorism.
The same note indicates that the Summit approved the appointment of Elias Mpedi Magosi of Botswana as Executive Secretary of SADC, replacing Stergomena Tax, who had been in office since September 2013.
At the same time, the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Félix Tshisekedi, next President of SADC, and the Namibian Hage G. Geingob, future President of the Organ of Cooperation for Politics, Defense and Security, were also elected. .
SADC Heads of State and Government also analyzed reports on the general socio-economic situation, regional food and nutrition security, gender and development, as well as the fight against HIV / AIDS in the region.
In the same spirit, the concretization of the motto of the 40th Summit was analyzed, namely “SADC – 40 years for the construction of peace and security and the promotion of development and resilience in the face of global challenges”.
The Summit reaffirmed the position that the establishment of the Central Bank and the SADC Monetary Union is a long-term objective which must be based on the achievement of the necessary preconditions, namely the harmonization of fiscal and monetary policies. countries in the region and greater convergence of banking systems.
In view of the above, the African Monetary Institute and the African Central Bank should be long-term goals, the note said.
The regional bloc summit expressed concern and opposition to the unilateral decision taken by the African Union Commission to grant Israel observer status with the African Union (AU).