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Regional Justice ministers, AGs meet over protocols


SADC ministers of Justice and Attorney-Generals (AGs) are meeting in Harare to deliberate on protocols on aviation, politics and security and youth development in preparation for the regional bloc’s next annual summit next month.

by Staff Reporter

Officially opening the meeting, Sadc executive secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax said the Justice ministers and AGs had a huge responsibility to consolidate integration of the region through a number of laws.

Among the new changes was the establishment of a regional Parliament.

“You will be saddled with the handling of a draft charter on Sadc aviation protocol, the reviewing of the protocol on the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security and a youth and development policy,” Tax said.

“The youth and development protocol is very urgent in the context of regional integration.”

Tax also said the regional bloc was looking at transforming the parliamentary forum into a permanent regional legislature.

Zimbabwe’s Attorney-General Prince Machaya said the deliberations would change the region.

“It is critical that we pay close attention to the matters under discussion as the decisions reached have the potential to shape the future of the region,” Machaya said.

“The agenda before us entails the consideration of many such documents and, as such, it is imperative that we take the task before us seriously and purposefully as to correctly advise the Council of Ministers.”

The Council of Ministers will be briefed on the outcome before the annual Sadc summit to be held in Botswana next month.

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