The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will on July 9 hold the meeting of the Joint Committee of Ministers of Transport, ICT, Information and Meteorology to discuss sectoral issues of infrastructure development in support of regional integration and development of the region.
For the transport sector, ministers will, among other things, consider and discuss the reports of the SADC Civil Aviation Committee, SADC Roads, Road Transport and Traffic Committee and SADC Railways Committee. The discussions are aimed at accelerating development of transport infrastructure in all modes and regional corridors, harmonisation of transport laws, regulations and standards and liberalisation of the sector for better performance.
In addition, they will review progress in implementation of regional guidelines and measures to respond to COVID19, which has disrupted integration and economic development programmes, especially trade facilitation.
On ICT, ministers will discuss issues aimed at ensuring enhanced information and communication technologies including SADC Broadband Targets 2025, Approaches to Universal Access and Service, the framework for establishing the SADC Regional Computer Incident Response Teams, the SADC framework for a Shared Satellite System, and the status of Regional Internet Exchange Points.
In addition, discussions will touch on harmonisation of various strategies on meteorology, the SADC Climate Services Centre, sustainability of the Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum, the Satellite and Weather Information for Disaster Resilience in Africa Project, the Intra-ACP Climate Services and related Application Programme, World Meteorological Organisation/International Civil Aviation Organisation Quality Management System in SADC National Meteorological Services, and co-operation between SADC and the World Meteorological Organisation and its regional institutions.
SADC’s Transport, ICT, Information and Meteorology sectors are some of the key pillars of the SADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP) and the SADC Infrastructure Vision 2027 which recognise infrastructure as the bedrock of economic development and the deepening of regional integration.
Guided by the RIDMP, the SADC transport sector strives for an efficient transport system to facilitate trade, socio-economic ties and regional integration. The ICT sector aims to develop the information and communications sector through expanded voice telephony, undersea fibre optic cables, and constant worldwide Internet access to allow immediate global contact and transfer of information.
The SADC meteorological sector works in partnership with the World Meteorological Organisation to mitigate the risks of changes in weather patterns that can affect key industries such as agriculture and power generation for the region to accelerate regional integration and economic development.The ministers meeting is preceded by the meeting of senior officials (July 6-8). – SADC