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Tanzania President John Magufuli assumes SADC chairmanship | Coastweek

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi [left] delivers a speech during the 39th Ordinary Summit of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government in Dar es Salaam. Namibian President Hage Geingob [front second left] hands over the Chairperson’s badge of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to new SADC Chairperson, Tanzanian President John Magufuli [front third left], during the 39th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Dar es Salaam. The summit is held in Dar es Salaam under the theme "A Conducive Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, Increased Intra-Trade, and Job Creation." XINHUA PHOTOS

Tanzania President John Magufuli assumes SADC
chair with calls for a vigorous industrialization drive

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.

The Tanzanian 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 Community.

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.
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UPDATE:

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 communication.

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 languages.

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 region.

"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 said.

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 schools.

           

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