Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokesperson anf Member of Parliament for Salima North West, Dr Jessie Kabwira, has been elected Chairperson of SADC Parliamentary Forum Women Caucus.
Kabwira was elected in Swaziland where all the 14 member Parliaments of the SADC Parliamentary Forum are represented at the 39th Plenary Assembly Session of the regional body which officially got underway on Wednesday last week.
Swaziland is hosting the plenary session for the second time after hosting the first one in 2004.
In an interview with Nyasa Times from Botswana, Kabwila said she was happy with the confidence which people in the region have in her.
Her position is crucial in uplifting affairs in the SADC Region.
The sub-committees of the Executive Committee met on Monday, including the Parliamentary Business Sub-Committee which considered the parliamentary business for the 39th Plenary Assembly.
And on Tuesday, the Executive Committee also met in order to approve the business for the Plenary Assembly Session.
During the session Parliamentary SADC Forum Vice President Joseph Njovuyalema also from MCP gave a speech where he thanked all SADC member states for dedicating themselves for the three day meeting.
Njobvuyalema bashed the Western donors for their failure to uphold their development aid pledges.
“The G8 made development aid pledges at their 31st G8 Summit held on the 6th to the 8th July 2015 at Gleneagles, Scotland in the United Kingdom and the resultant dwindling aid require that more focus be put on domestic resource mobilization (DRM) initiatives. Resource scarcity for developing countries have been exacerbated by the global recession which many economies are still to
recover from and recently the migration crisis which now has preoccupied the donor countries, but the pledges have not yet been met,” said Njobvuyalema.
The Vice President of the SADC Parliamentary Forum urged developing countries that they should explore alternative means of how they can finance their development projects than relying on donors.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :