The Honourable Speaker, Nicholas Prea attended the Meeting of the Executive Committee of the SADC Parliamentary Forum in Windhoek-Namibia from 10th to 12th May 2019.
Out of the 14 SADC PF Countries, only 8 countries, inclusive of Seychelles, took part in the meeting. The other 7 countries that participated included:
1) Mozambique; represented by Hon. Speaker Veronica Nataniel Macamo Dlhovo, also the President of SADC Parliamentary Forum
2) Eswatini; represented by Sen. Isaac Mmemo Magagula, also the Vice-President of SADC Parliamentary Forum
3) Angola; represented by Hon. Josefina Perpetua Peres Domingos Pitra Diakite
4) Lesotho; represented by Rt. Hon. Speaker Sephiri Enock Motanyane
5) Namibia; represented by Hon. Speaker Peter H. Katjavivi
6) Zambia; represented by Hon. Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane
7) Zimbabwe; represented by Hon. Speaker Adv. Jacob Francis Mudenda
Pursuant to the resolution of the SADC PF 44th Plenary Assembly Session in Maputo, Mozambique to recruit the Secretary General for the SADC Parliamentary Forum for the period 01st July 2019 to 30th June 2024, interviews for the position of Secretary General were conducted on the first day of the meeting (10th May 2019) to select the best candidate. The Interview Committee comprised of all the Executive Committee Members present, in line with the Administrative Rules and Regulations of the SADC Parliamentary Forum.
The Secretary General will be appointed by the Plenary Assembly in July 2019, based on the recommendation(s) of the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee Meeting also saw the presentation report of the SADC PF President, Hon. Veronica Nataniel Macamo Dlhovo, for review and adoption. The report addressed a number of activities and initiatives carried out by the Office of the President of the Forum since the first meeting of the Executive Committee which took place on 20th February 2019, in Windhoek, Namibia, including a full summary of the SADC Council Meeting held in March 2019, in Windhoek.
The report aimed to keep Members of the Executive Committee informed of the activities and to seek their guidance on how to improve the activities of the Forum Presidency and ultimately, guidelines on the implementation of decisions taken by the Plenary Assembly and the Executive Committee.
The Acting Secretary General of the SADC PF, Ms. Boemo Sekgoma presented the Report on the Implementation of Resolutions of the 44th Plenary Assembly of the Forum, held from 26th November to 10th December 2018, in Maputo, Mozambique. The report gave the following updates:
1) Update on the continuous implementation of the Strategic Plan of the Forum
2) Update on the forthcoming SRHR, HIV and AIDS Governance Project with Sweden
3) Update on the transformation of the Forum into a SADC Regional Parliament
4) Updates on outstanding matters in respect of the former Secretary General of the Forum
5) Improvement of Whistleblowing Policy of the Forum
6) Monitoring of the Model Law on Child Marriage through the Oversight Committee
7) Update on amendments required to be made to the Administrative Rules and Regulations of the Forum
8) Update on the invitation tendered to the Parliaments of the Union of Comoros and Madagascar to join the SADC PF
9) Update on the Meeting of the SADC Group of Countries at the IPU Conference
10) Update on Programs of the Forum.
At the end of her presentation, the Acting Secretary General thanked the Executive Committee Members for their strong leadership in spearheading the progress made by the Forum thus far and assured of the commitment of the SADC PF Secretariat in working closely with the Executive Committee Members in order to advance the agenda of the Forum in accordance with its vision.
The Director of Finance of the SADC PF Secretariat also presented the Report on the Status of Financials of the Forum with the view of improving operational efficiency and reinforcing good governance.
The Finance Report dealt with the following matters:
1) Status of Members’ Contributions as at 10th May 2019
2) Status of the Forum’s Finance
3) Other financial issues
The meeting ended on a good note, with valuable contributions received from the Executive Committee Members for implementation purposes and/or follow up actions.
A special mention was also made at the start of the meeting in support of the victims of Cyclone IDAI in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The President of the Forum called for international assistance for the victims through the adoption of an emergency item.