The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Australia and SADC sign Memorandum of Understanding


SADC Executive Secretary Dr Tomaz Salomão and Australian High Commissioner HE Ann Harrap

 
Australia is strengthening cooperation with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).  SADC Executive Secretary Dr Tomaz Salomão and Australian High Commissioner HE Ann Harrap signed the MOU at the SADC Headquarters on Thursday 13 September.  

Ms Harrap, who is Australia’s High Commissioner to seven SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland), welcomed the signing.

“Australia has strong political, diplomatic and commercial links with all SADC countries and our partnerships have grown significantly in recent years. Our development cooperation with the various countries in the region for 2011-12 was over $100 million,” Ms Harrap said.  

“Australia is also keen to do more with the SADC organisation itself in key areas of priority interest. This MoU provides a strong framework for future cooperation in a range of areas identified as priorities by SADC, including sustainable development; peace and security; climate change adaptation and mitigation; agriculture and food security; and human resource development”,  she said.

“Australia recognises the primary role that SADC plays in promoting peace, security and democracy in the southern African region.  Through this MOU, we have committed ourselves to sharing information and ideas so that both our respective regions can contribute to the resolution of global and regional challenges.”

“I was, for example, very glad to receive the Executive Secretary General’s briefing on SADC’s efforts in Zimbabwe and Madagascar.  Australia supports the work of SADC in both these countries and the information will help to shape our own policy approaches to regional issues,” Ms Harrap said.

The Australian Government provides assistance to the SADC Transboundary Water Management Program. The $17.5 million program aims to provide millions of people with safer drinking water, improve water supplies and help reduce conflict.  Australia’s support for this important initiative is provided in partnership with the German and British governments.

In October 2012, a delegation from the Limpopo Water Course Commission, together with two officials from the SADC Water Division, will visit Australia.  The delegation will attend the International River Symposium and meet with relevant counterparts to share ideas on policy approaches to transboundary water management.

Ms Harrap said that Australia was also interested in seeing how the Australia Awards Scholarships program, which currently provides 1000 scholarships and professional development opportunities to African students every year, could be utilised by the SADC organisation.

Australian High Commission in South Africa

 


 
 
 
 

_________________________________________________

February 2017 Edition

 border = 0
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
Slide-0
Slide-1
Slide-2
Slide-3
Slide-4
Slide-5
Slide-6
Slide-7
Slide-8
Slide-9
Slide-10
Slide-12
Slide-13
Slide-14
01/14 
start stop bwd fwd
 
 

Collaboration between Kazakhstan and NLSA On February 8th, 2017 H.E. Mr. Talgat Kaliyev, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to South Africa met with Professor Rocky MD Relebipi-Simela, CEO of the National... <|> Honorary Professorship awarded to Ambassador Anil Sooklal 14 February 2017 Ambassador Anil Sooklal, DIRCO’s Deputy Director General: Asia and Middle East, was awarded an honorary Professorship... <|> Celebration of Spanish language day On 29 November 2016, the Embassy of Spain commemorated the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes and the day was celebrated with Spanish language... <|> King Silamba Commemoration on 4 March 2017 The King Silamba Annual Commemoration will be held on the 4 March 2017 at the Komjekejeke Heritage Site, Walmansthal, North-East of Pretoria. The event was... <|> Police Action for IDSA members 15 February 2017 Commander Chris Opperman, of the Tshwane Metro Police, and his team attended IDSA's January coffee meeting hosted by Champa Weerasekara, of Sri... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> Kazakhstan is shifting to a new model of power distribution The President of Kazakhstan, Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev addressed the nation on 25 January 2017 regarding the issue of redistribution of... <|> Integrated urban development 12 February 2017 South Africa’s Cooperative Governance Deputy Minister Andries Nel has met with his counterpart, the Barbara Hendricks, Secretary of the German... <|> Senior Officials Meetings with Singapore and Thailand 15 February 2017 Professor Sooklal, Deputy Director-General Asia and the Middle East at the South African Department of International Relations... <|> Algeria to get a taste of SA culture 14 February 2017 Algerians will get an opportunity to sample South Africa’s artistic talent when the cultural seasons is launched in that country on 24... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.