DAR ES SALAAM
Tanzania (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian
President John Magufuli on Saturday assumed the chairmanship of
the Southern African Development Community (SADC), outlining
industrialization as his top priority.
leader took over the SADC chairmanship from President Hage
Geingob of Namibia.
Speaking after he assumed the chair at the 39th SADC Ordinary
Summit of Heads of State and Government in the commercial
capital Dar es Salaam, Magufuli said it was unacceptable that a
region endowed with vast natural resources should remain poor.
"Our countries are not poor. We are very rich. We have all
the resources needed for one to be rich. We have huge
population, large number of wildlife, vast plant species, marine
ecosystem, minerals and hydrocarbons," he told the two-day
summit, which has attracted leaders from the 16 member states of
the regional bloc.
Magufuli also appealed to the international community to lift
sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe, saying the country has adopted
changes which puts it in line with the democratic requirements.
"Sanctions on Zimbabwe has not only affected the Zimbabwean
government and its people, but they have also affected the
entire region," he said.
Stergomena Tax, the SADC executive secretary, urged the
member states to intensify their efforts in achieving industrial
economies by at least 20 percent by 2020.
Tax called upon the member states to cooperate with other
blocs and countries to attain their goal of industrialization.
SADC is an organization established in 1980 as the Southern
African Development Coordinating Conference and later in August
1992 transformed into the Southern African Development
The mission of SADC is to promote sustainable and equitable
economic growth and socio-economic development through
efficient, productive systems, deeper cooperation and
integration, good governance and durable peace and security so
that the region emerges as a competitive and effective player in
international relations and the world economy.
The 39th summit is held under the theme "A Conducive
Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial
Development, Increased Intra-Trade, and Job Creation.
South Africa welcomes SADC
adoption of Kiswahili as working language
by Ndumiso Mlilo JOHANNESBURG South
Africa (Xinhua) -- The Pan South
African Language Board (PanSALB) on Tuesday welcomed the
declaration by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)
to adopt Kiswahili as its fourth official language of
PanSALB, an organization established by the parliament to
promote multilingualism, said Kiswahili becomes the first
indigenous language to be used by the bloc as an official
language at inter-state level.
"This milestone achievement towards recognition and elevation
of indigenous African languages across the SADC region forms
part of the greater effort in ensuring development, usage and
intellectualization of our heritage languages," said the
chairperson of the board David Maahlamela.
He said Kiswahili is an impeccable point of departure in
safeguarding integrative multilingualism inclusive of indigenous
Maahlamela pointed out that Kiswahili is one of the African
Union’s official languages and the official language of Kenya,
Tanzania and Rwanda with over 100 million speakers.
He believed the language will help unite and integrate the
"PanSALB’s vision for language planning stems on
intellectualization of indigenous languages on four spheres,
that is, provincial, national, regional and continental level.
Kiswahili is inevitably well-positioned to integrate the SADC
region thus we fully support this long overdue resolution," he
SADC last week adopted Kiswahili as one of its languages at
the the SADC 39th heads of summit in Tanzania. Other SADC
official languages are English, Portuguese and French.
Maahlamela bemoaned that Africa is the only continent where
the majority of children start school using a foreign language
such as Arabic, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish which he
said are the only means for upward economic mobility in Africa.
"South Africa as a member state has a huge responsibility
ahead in ensuring that indigenous language not only becomes
communication languages, but also business languages in all
sectors and environment," said Maahlamela.
South Africa is also preparing to teach Kiswahili in the