SADC heads of state and government have directed that a special directory be set up in the SADC secretariat to work out a plan on how to curtail the invasion of drug abuse and cyber crime in the region.

The decision was made at the just ended 37th SADC summit in Pretoria at the weekend.

The decision to come up with a special department to deal with the drug abuse and cyber crime menace was made after the realisation that the region has fallen victim which has seen increased abuse of illegal drugs.

They also say while ICT has its positive side to spur economic growth and spread knowledge and information, it is also being used in the spread of sources of drugs and their distribution.

The SADC summit also discussed food security in the region where they are happy that the food situation in the region is good with a total of 40 million tonnes of grain, compared to the 28 million tonnes of last year.

The summit also discussed the issue of the establishment of the SADC Transformation University which was mooted by Swaziland’s King Mswati III to train professionals who are in tune with the industrialisation agenda that SADC is pursuing.

The summit in Pretoria also admitted the Comoros as a new member, becoming the 16th SADC state.

The application by Burundi is still under consideration.

Foreign Affairs Minister Cde Simbarashe Mumbengegwi also spoke about the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security’s Report where the Democratic Republic of Congo requested for help in the coming electoral process.

SADC heads of state and government at the meeting agreed that they will send an observer team.

On Lesotho, the SADC leaders urged the winner of the recent elections in that country Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to implement the reforms that SADC recommended when trouble erupted in the mountain kingdom recently.

The 37th SADC summit was held under the theme: ‘Partnering the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains’.

It was attended by 10 heads of state including President Robert Mugabe who was accompanied by Cde Mumbengegwi, Industry and Commerce Minister Dr Mike Bimha and the Minister of Finance and Economic Development Cde Patrick Chinamasa.