ES Courtesy Call to the Kingdom of Swaziland
The Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax paid a courtesy call to the kingdom of Swaziland on 12th to 13th February 2014. During her visit, she met His Majesty King Mswati III, His Excellency Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini, the Right Honourable Prime Minister, and Honourable Chief Mgwagwa Gamedze, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Meeting at Lositha Royal Palace, on Thursday, 13th February, 2014, His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland and the SADC Executive Secretary Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax have underscored the importance of leveraging the political milestones achieved by SADC over the years, and thus the peace and political stability in the region by fostering economic integration and development in the region. They further acknowledged the need for forging SADC common positions in regional and international fora, and as such, SADC region to actively engage and position itself in the AU AGENDA 2063, encapsulated in the African Union Vision 2063 for "An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena." The need to fast track the tripartite EAC-COMESA-SADC Free Trade Area was also emphasized, as a stepping stone towards the envisaged AU Grand Free Trade Area.