SADC enhances cooperation with Indonesia
15 October 2019
”Indonesia is ready to be part of the African development, especially in the southern African region”
Photo: Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to South Africa Mr Salman Al Farisi with Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax
This was conveyed by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to South Africa and concurrently the Republic of Botswana, the Kingdom of Eswatini, and the Kingdom of Lesotho, H.E. Salman Al Farisi, at a meeting with the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, on October 10th at the SADC Secretariat office in Gaborone, Botswana.
Ambassador Farisi conveyed that Africa has become the top priority of Indonesian diplomacy especially in the fields of investment, trade, and people-to-people contact.
Related to this, Ambassador Farisi said that the Government of the Republic of Indonesia is ready to establish cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, railroad, and technical cooperation in the context of capacity building.
Welcoming the offer of cooperation, Dr. Tax said that the priority of SADC is to industrialize and transform the economy. There is a need for infrastructure development, especially railways to accelerate the distribution of goods produced to all regions of the SADC member countries, Africa and throughout the world.
The rise of various issues related to security and peace in the SADC region, Dr. Tax hopes to be able to establish technical cooperation with Indonesia to share knowledge and experience in dealing with issues of drugs and human trafficking, terrorism, and other related issues. In addition, to improve the economic community in the SADC region, Dr. Tax expressed her desire to be able to establish technical cooperation with Indonesia in the fields of government, (governance), aqua culture, micro credit finance, and other technical cooperation.
In its efforts to strengthen relations with SADC member countries, Indonesia is currently processing its status as a representative in SADC and is expected to play an active role in various meetings held by SADC.
SADC is an organization established on August 17, 1992 which aims to enhance the economic and development of capabilities of its member countries. SADC has 16 members consisting of Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
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