The Outgoing High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia to Botswana and SADC, His Excellency Brigadier General Patrick R. Tembo (retired) on 18th April, 2019, bade farewell to the Executive Secretary of SADC, Her Excellency Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax.
H.E. Dr Tax thanked the Outgoing Zambian High Commissioner for his contribution and commitment to the SADC regional integration and development agenda through the SADC Committee of Ambassadors and High Commissioners. She noted that, as a result of the commitment of the outgoing Zambian High Commissioner and other members, the SADC Committee of Ambassadors and High Commissioners was revitalised and continues to meet regularly, thereby serving as an effective line of interface between the SADC Secretariat and Member States.
The Executive Secretary extended best wishes to H.E. Brigadier General Tembo in his future endeavours and expressed hope that he will continue to advance the SADC regional agenda in support of Zambia’s role as the Chair of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.
On his side, H.E. Brigadier General Tembo (retired) expressed gratitude to the SADC Secretariat, under the leadership of H.E. Dr. Tax, for the good working relationship that exists between the Zambian High Commission and the SADC Secretariat. H.E. Brig. Gen. Tembo informed the Executive Secretary that, during his four-year tenure as Zambia’s High Commissioner to Botswana and SADC, he came to appreciate the efforts and challenges of the SADC Secretariat in enhancing regional cooperation and integration in various areas, such as Trade, Infrastructure Development, Energy and Social and Human Development.
The Outgoing High Commissioner assured the Executive Secretary of Zambia’s continued support and cooperation in the implementation of SADC goals and objectives as well as the strategies to achieve regional integration.
The Zambian Ambassador was accompanied by the First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Zambian High Commission, Mr Kasabo Kalusa, while the SADC Executive Secretary was joined in the meeting by the Deputy Executive Secretary for Corporate Affairs, Ambassador Joseph Nourrice and Acting Director of the Organ, Ms. Kealeboga Moruti.