The Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda says parliament has been slow in engaging the executive to push for the ratification of regional protocols.

Advocate Mudenda told journalists after a meeting with officials from the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC) that the domestication of regional protocols is very important considering the regional integration drive.

The SARDC also noted that as a founder member, Zimbabwe is pivotal in the drive to ensure member states domesticate regional protocols.

There are currently seven outstanding regional protocols which Zimbabwe is yet to ratify.

These include the protocols on science, technology and innovation, facilitation of movement of persons, trade in services, environmental management for sustainable development, the new protocol on the tribunal in the SADC and the agreement on assistance in tax matters.