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Tuesday 14th July, 2015

SADC-PF UNANIMOUSLY ENDORSES THE BLUE ECONOMY CONCEPT

 

The National Assembly Delegation at the SADC-PF MeetingA motion recognizing the importance of the Blue Economy to economic development of Island and Costal States as an integral part of Southern African Industrialization and Regional Integration was unanimously approved by the Parliamentary Forum of the Southern African Development Community (SADC-PF) during its 37th session held in Durban, South Africa, last week.

The motion which urged the SADC region to leverage on the Blue Economy as an alternative economic development approach that is guided by environmental principles where spatial planning integrates conservation, sustainable use, resource extraction, sustainable energy production and transportation for the benefit of the citizens was tabled by the Seychelles delegation led by the Speaker, Hon. Dr. Patrick Herminie and comprised of Hon. Sylvianne Valmont, the Clerk, Ms. Shelda Commettant, and Mrs. Doreen Zelia, Director in the Office of the Speaker.

The Forum further resolved to intensify its effort to turn the SADC-PF into a Regional Parliament with oversight representative and legislative responsibilities. It also deplored the criminalization of HIV transmission and called on Members Parliaments to rescind and review punitive laws specific to the prosecution of HIV transmission, exposure and non-disclosure.

The SADC-Parliamentary Forumprovides a platform for parliaments and parliamentarians to promote and improve regional integration in the SADC region through parliamentary involvement.