SADC Approves $94.9 Million Budget for 2021

  • The council has welcomed the recommendations of health ministers on the fight against coronavirus.
  • Dr. Stergomena Tax made remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday and delivered resolutions through online video conferencing.
  • The 40th anniversary of the SADC this year, is scheduled to take place in August in Mozambique.

The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has passed resolutions including an annual budget of US $94.9 million for 2020/2021, and calls for a joint drug procurement system by the Medical Stores Department Tanzania to be used to quickly control the coronavirus.

Stergomena Tax is a Tanzanian civil servant who serves as the incumbent Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). She served as the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of East African Cooperation from 2008 to 2013 when she was appointed as the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community at the 33rd Summit of the Heads of State and Government in Lilongwe, Malawi.

In addition, the council has welcomed the recommendations of health ministers on the fight against coronavirus. It has called for the formation of a SADC Special Committee on Health as a step towards finding and developing a regional health strategy to control the world’s most prevalent diseases, including coronavirus.

SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Stergomena Tax, made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday while delivering resolutions at a cabinet meeting held yesterday through online video conferencing. “2020/21 new financial year for the SADC starts on April 1 and 2019/20 fiscal year ends on March 31,” Dr. Tax said. “Therefore, the budget endorsement was one of the main agenda discussed during the meeting.” The council approved the $94,913,815 budget for implementing regional strategies.

The meeting was inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Kassim Majaliwa. Dr. Tax said the summit, held under the chairmanship of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in East Africa, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi. Key issues including budgeting, regional strategies, and the coronavirus problem were discussed and approved for further action steps. He said he has four spending priorities: manufacturing; infrastructure; political tolerance, protection and security; and
various programs, including regional issues and disasters.

“As we know the coronavirus problem is huge, it started in one country and now has reached in the SADC countries, the Council received health ministers advices and has called for an integrated procurement system (SPPS) to be implemented by MSD (Tanzania) to distribute and get medicines faster,” said Dr. Tax. MSD fulfills the responsibility of supplying drugs to the SPPS system after being unanimously appointed through a meeting of ministers of Health and SADC Aids held last year in Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana. Its goal is to further socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among 16 southern African countries.

The 40th anniversary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) this year, is scheduled to invite the sole founder of the community, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda. Kaunda who is Zambia’s retired President is one of the founders of SADC since the start of the liberation movement of Southern Africa through the Presidency Club, Frontline States-FLS and the Forum (SADCC) that gave birth to the Community (SADC).

Other founding presidents of the movement are the Father of Tanzania,Julius Nyerere, Seretse Khama of Botswana, Antonio Neto of Angola, Samora Machel of Mozambique and retired Malawian President Dr. Kamuzu Banda. Other recent leaders are Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Dr. Tax said yesterday in a press release of the local Cabinet to journalists in Dar es Salaam, that the celebrations will take place in Mozambique in August this year.

“As we know this year, SADC is turning 40 years. The council plans to recognize the founders who carry the vision of liberation, so in August this year these founders will be called,” said Dr. Tax. In addition, the Chairman of the SADC Cabinet who is also the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in East Africa, Professor Palamagamba Kabudi said the only surviving founder is Dr. Kaunda and SADC will honor the founder on behalf of his former colleagues.

After the inception of the FLS, in 1980 a Southern African Development Movement Co-ordinating Forum (SADCC) was established focusing on the fight against colonialism and apartheid. SADCC is the starting point for the SADC in 1992. The 16 countries that make up the SADC are Tanzania, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Swatini, Lesotho, DRC, Mauritius, Comoros, Seychelles, and Madagascar.

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