The agenda is a set of key principles and values that guide regional integration.
Ministers and Attorneys General are reviewing a number of draft SADC legal instruments in a bid to create an enabling legal framework during a recent meeting held virtually.
The legal instruments included draft amendments to the SADC Treaty, the Statute of the SADC Administrative Tribunal (SADCAT) and the Protocol on the Development of Tourism in SADC.
SADC Executive Secretary Elias Magosi, along with ministers and lawyers from Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eswatini, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe participated.
Magosi commended SADC Member States for their continued support to the legal sector.
He highlighted the achievements and progress of activities aimed at the implementation of the Protocol on Legal Affairs which ensured the realization of the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030 and the overall vision of the SADC 2050.
Magosi nevertheless stressed the need to accelerate SADC’s integration agenda, adding that continued support in legal affairs would ensure careful management of the justice system.
He further called for continued collaboration between Member States and the Secretariat and urged both parties to work effectively in managing legal matters.
Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of Justice/Attorneys General, highlighted the role of the committee in providing legal guidance and coordination on legal matters for SADC.
The main functions of the committee include the coordination and review of legal instruments prior to their consideration by the SADC Council of Ministers and subsequent adoption by the Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government.