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Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:10 - Updated Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:10

Botswana: SADC Council of Ministers meeting ends

Gaborone - The meeting of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Ministers Council that opened on Monday in Gaborone (Botswana) ended Tuesday.

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Preceded by preparatory technical meetings, the event discussed issues related to the process of industrialisation in the region, the acceleration of the establishment of the free trade area and other issues related to drought affecting some member countries.

At the event, Angolan Foreign minister, Georges Chikoti, spoke of the need for a wiser management of the financial resources of the organisation.

Participants recommended the member states to regularly submit information that help determine the assistance to the needy.

They have also acknowledged there are still some weaknesses in the internal register control mechanisms, as well as misuse of the financial contributions from member states.

SADC member states are South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

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