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Mauritius welcomes SADC’s first woman executive secretary

Mauritius welcomes SADC’s first woman executive secretary

Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax stressed that the SADC should focus on infrastructure development because infrastructure development has multiple impact on other sectors as well.  (Image: Government of Mauritius)

Prime Minister of Mauritius, Navinchandra Ramgoolam, received the first woman Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary, Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, at Port-Louis on Friday.

Dr Lawrence Tax commented on the new orientation which has been given to the regional bloc in a statement after her meeting with the Prime Minister.

She stated that the developing community should come up with new ways, leaving behind traditional ways of organizing resources, and instead focus all its energies on resources for infrastructure development.

The executive secretary stressed that the SADC should focus on infrastructure development because infrastructure development has multiple impact on other sectors as well.

As Mauritius has been a part of SADC since as far back as 1995 , Dr Lawrence Tax said that there is a regional strategic plan which consists of strengthening what has already been done and concentrating more on a few key prioritized interventions and areas.

This two pronged approach is expected to result in both visible output and visible impact, she noted.

Dr Lawrence Tax is the first woman to take on the role of executive secretary since the 33 years of the regional body’s existence and she is now the 5th SADC Executive Secretary.

It was during the 33rd meeting in Lilongwe on August 18 this year that Dr Lawrence Tax was confirmed as the SADC Executive Secretary by the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government.

Earlier SADC executive secretaries have come from Zimbabwe, Namibia and Mauritius respectively before Mozambican Dr Tomaz Augusto Salomão took over in September 2005 and since August, Dr Lawrence Tax has held this prestigious post.

Previously, Dr Lawrence Tax occupied the post of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade Industries and Marketing, and the Ministry of East African Cooperation.

Apart from the Prime Minister, Dr Lawrence Tax met also the Mauritian Minister of Foreign Affairs Arvin Boolell, and also the island’s Acting Secretary for Foreign Affairs, UC Dwarka Canabady, during her visit to Mauritius.

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