The just ended SADC Executive Council meeting held in South Africa this week has recommended the 16 member regional organisation to reinvigorate its industrialisation strategic plan by pursuing specialisation for member states to promote intra-SADC trade and ensure industrial growth in the region.
Speaking to ZBC News in Harare today, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Dr Sibusiso Moyo said it is crucial to concentrate on the strengths of each member country so that industrialisation is expedited.
“Minerals valuation, textiles and agro-processing are sectors that can be allocated for specialisation of specific member countries while others concentrate on different sectors,” he said.
The SAD Executive Council meeting also stressed the need for SADC to come up with ways of dealing with soft threats in the region in the same way that SADC deals with hard threats like military conflicts and other political threats.
Minister Moyo also took the opportunity to explain to the regional group about the new political dispensation in Zimbabwe and the issue relating to elections which will be held in July this year.
A call was also made to the member countries to help Zimbabwe campaign for the lifting of sanctions imposed on the country as the reasons are longer there.