1 During the 42nd Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, which ended last night, President Wavel Ramkalawan made two main interventions on key decisions aligned with the agenda of Seychelles as an African Small Island Developing State .
2 The two decisions highlighted by the Head of State were, firstly, the urgency of addressing maritime security needs in the SADC region and the amendment of the SADC Treaty on the transformation of the SADC Parliamentary Forum into a Parliament of the SADC.
3 Commenting on Decision 2, Politics and Security in the Region, President Ramkalawan emphasized Seychelles’ looming concern that maritime security continues to be a threat to its security, but is becoming one of the most important issues for the entire Seychelles.
4 African continent.
7 Our marine resources are being plundered through illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and our oceans are being polluted by illegal dumping, contributing to the acidification of our oceans and seriously jeopardizing our livelihoods.
8 Let us also remember that everything indicates that the financing of the insurgency in our region is obtained from illegal and illicit activities, such as drug and arms trafficking that occurs on the high seas,” said President Ramkalawan.
9 Addressing the summit of Heads of State and Government, the President outlined a set of recommendations for the Summit which were then adopted as one of the key final decisions of this Summit to direct the course of the SADC Maritime Security Strategy.
10 In his second intervention on Agenda Decision 24, President Ramkalawan congratulated the SADC Summit on the immense progress made in transforming the SADC Parliamentary Forum into a SADC Parliament which has not only demonstrated the leadership of member states but genuinely believe in parliamentary democracy and support the notion that inter-parliamentaryism is a necessary pillar to achieve the coveted integration of the SADC region.
11 “The transformation of the Forum into a SADC Parliament will certainly bring us closer to achieving the SADC milestones and help us implement the long-term social and economic policies under the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan. This step forward is in line with the developments that have occurred with the major and mature Regional Economic Communities around the world, all supported by the work of their respective Regional Parliaments.
12 From this perspective, the SADC region must also grow and evolve through increased cooperation at the parliamentary level.
13 It is therefore a matter of great satisfaction that the Summit has come this far with this demonstrated efficiency spearheaded by both the SADC Secretariat and the SADC-PF Secretariat in coordinating to bring the SADC Parliament to life” said President Ramkalawan.
14 After all the Summit deliberations, the Heads of State adopted the annotated agenda and final communiqué for the 42nd Ordinary SADC Heads of State Summit and signed several new legal resolutions and SADC treaty amendments.
15 President Ramkalawan, on behalf of the Republic of Seychelles, signed in favor of amending the treaty allowing for the transformation of the SADC Parliamentary Forum into a SADC Parliament.
17 President Ramkalawan’s presence at this year’s summit it also provided an opportunity to network and interact with their SADC counterparts as well as raise other matters of interest to Seychelles.