Speaker of Malawi National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, will not attend to the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) due to economic challenges that the country is experiencing.
Msowoya was expected to travel to Mauritius for this year’s high level SADC-PF for regional integration meetings which will take place on 16 and will end on 18 December,2015.
Parliamentary spokesperson, Lenard Mengezi, confirmed the cancellation of the trip to Mauritius.
“Yes its true, the Speaker was supposed to travel to Mauritius for SADC-PF sessions but he has cancelled the trip in order to save money.”
Mengezi said the meeting was very important because almost all SADC Speakers of the national Assemblies will be there.
SADC-PF was formed in order to promote human rights, gender equality, good governance, democracy and transparency.
It also Promotes peace, security and stability and hastening pace of economic cooperation, development and integration on the basis of equity and mutual benefits.
SADC-PF also facilitates networking with other inter-parliamentary organisations as well as promoting the participation of non-governmental organisations, business and intellectual communities in SADC activities.
SADC Familiarising the peoples of SADC with the aims and objectives of SADC; and
Informing SADC of the popular views on development and issues affecting the region.