1 At the 42nd Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government, which ended last night, President Wavel Ramkalawan made two key interventions on key decisions aligned with Seychelles’ agenda as a small state developing African island.
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 SADC Parliament.
3 Commenting on Decision 2, Politics and Security in the Region, President Ramkalawan highlighted 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 country. Seychelles as a whole.
4 African continent.
5 “While the threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia has diminished, we are seriously concerned about emerging maritime threats in our region.
6 The western part of the Indian Ocean is a highway for the transshipment of illegal narcotics, the trafficking of human beings and arms.
seven Our marine resources are plundered by illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and our oceans are polluted by illegal dumping, contributing to the acidification of our oceans and seriously jeopardizing our livelihoods.
8 Let us also remember that there is every indication that the financing of the insurgency in our region is obtained from illegal and illicit activities, such as the drug and arms trafficking that occurs on the high seas,” the President said. Ramkalawan.
9 Addressing the Summit of Heads of State and Government, the President presented a set of recommendations for the summit which were then adopted as one of the main final decisions of this summit to guide the course of the security strategy. SADC shipping.
ten In his second intervention on Agenda Decision 24, President Ramkalawan commended the SADC Summit for the tremendous progress made in transforming the SADC Parliamentary Forum into a SADC Parliament which not only demonstrated leadership of Member States, but sincerely believes in parliamentary democracy and supports the notion that inter-parliamentarianism is a necessary pillar to achieve the coveted integration of the SADC region.
11 “The transformation of the Forum into the SADC Parliament will certainly bring us closer to achieving the milestones of SADC and help us to implement the long-term social and economic policies within the framework of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan. This move is in line with developments that have occurred with major mature regional economic communities around the world, all supported by the work of their respective regional parliaments.
12 In this perspective, the SADC region must also grow and evolve through increased cooperation at the parliamentary level.
13 It is therefore a great satisfaction that the Summit has come this far with such demonstrated efficiency led by both the SADC Secretariat and the SADC-PF Secretariat in coordinating to bring the SADC Parliament to life,” said said President Ramkalawan.
14 After all the deliberations of the Summit, the Heads of State adopted the Annotated Agenda and Final Communique of the 42nd Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and signed several new legal resolutions and amendments to the SADC Treaty .
15 President Ramkalawan, on behalf of the Republic of Seychelles, has signed in favor of the treaty amendment allowing the transformation of the SADC Parliamentary Forum into a SADC Parliament.
16 At the end of this year’s SADC Heads of State and Government Summit, it was approved that the 43rd SADC Summit would be held in Luanda, Angola in 2023.
17 President Ramkalawan’s presence at this year’s summit also provided an opportunity to network and interact with their SADC counterparts as well as raise other issues of interest to Seychelles.