Commemoration of SADC Day in New Delhi

by Diplomatist Bureau - 19 September, 2023, 12:00 123 Views 0 Comment

In a gathering marked by shared aspirations, the Ambassadors and High Commissioners of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries converged at the Jaypee Vasant Continental Hotel in New Delhi to commemorate SADC Day on 15 September 2023.

The evening, hosted by H.E. Mrs. Rosette Mossi Nyamale, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and current chair of SADC, was a testament to the unity and collaboration among the member nations.

The guests were warmly welcomed by the gracious host, the Ambassador of DRC to India, who personally received each dignitary. They were then led to an exhibition area, where member countries showcased their stalls, presenting an array of specialities and informative materials. This vibrant display served as a strong testament to the diversity and rich cultural heritage of the SADC nations.

The programmes’ Chief Guest, Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary of the Western and Central Africa Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Shri Sevala Naik Mude eloquently highlighted the significant role the SADC region plays for India. He underscored the strong connection forged through the substantial Indian diaspora residing in the region.

“Today marks a significant transition in the leadership of the Southern African Development Community, commonly known as SADC. It encompasses 16 member countries, each with its unique historical and cultural ties to India. India places great importance on its partnership with SADC countries, viewing SADC as a vital platform for collaboration across various sectors. This cooperation encompasses trade, investment, health, education, technology, and more,” added Shri Sevala Naik Mude.

During a symbolic moment, the Ambassador of DRC passed the leadership torch to the incoming chair, H.E. Mr. Clemente Pedro Francisco Camenha, Ambassador of Angola. This transition was met with great optimism and a shared commitment to advancing the collective interests of SADC.

H.E. Mrs. Rosette Mossi Nyamale, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), mentioned that during His Excellency Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo’s tenure as President of SADC, he emphasised on progress and values, by working tirelessly to strengthen integration and promoting sustainable development within the nations.

“Through dialogue, understanding, and cooperation, we can find lasting solutions to the challenges we face,” added the Ambassador of DRC.

In his address, the Ambassador of Angola expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo for her exceptional leadership in the group of missions here in India. He said, “Your dedication has been instrumental in advancing our collective goals within SADC.”

He also extended gratitude to the Republic of India for their efforts in integrating the African Union into the G20 as a permanent member.

“As we assume the one-year rotating presidency of SADC, we are committed to leveraging our human and financial capital. This will be a key driver for sustainable industrialization in the SADC region, aligning with the strategic goals outlined in the SADC Strategic Indicative Plan for Regional Development,” he added.

“In addition to industrialization, we recognise the vital role of gender equality and the need for comprehensive technical and professional training for our youth. This will equip them with the skills needed for meaningful employment and contribute to the realization of our development aspirations, stressed H.E. Mr. Clemente Pedro Francisco Camenha.

The evening culminated in a delectable feast featuring a diverse array of delectable dishes and beverages. African national food counters drew special praise from the guests, offering a delightful taste of the region’s culinary richness.

The commemoration of SADC Day in New Delhi not only celebrated the unity of member countries but also affirmed the collective commitment to strengthening ties and fostering partnerships. The event served as a powerful reminder of the potential for growth and collaboration between SADC and India.

As the evening concluded, it left behind a spirit of strong friendship and a shared vision for a future of mutually beneficial cooperation between these dynamic regions.


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