Tax exits SADC


After two terms as executive secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Stergomena Tax will stand down on Tuesday (31 August).

She used the recent SADC heads of state and government summit in Lilongwe, Malawi, to bid farewell to the regional bloc and its leaders.

Tax, a Tanzanian, was appointed by the SADC’s 33rd summit in Lilongwe, coincidentally in the same city she bade it farewell, in 2013 with her tenure extended for a second term in August 2017.

Speaking at the Lilongwe summit earlier this month, Tax highlighted SADC achievements she listed as peace and security, consolidation of democracy, macro-economic convergence, industrialisation, SADC intra-trade, regional connectivity, access to energy, financial integration and inclusion as well as mobile penetration.

“I am proud of what the region achieved over eight years, under my stewardship and I am also grateful for the wealth of knowledge and experience I acquired over the same period, which I will always treasure,” she said.

In addition to thanking all SADC member states she singled out her home country Tanzania.

“Allow me to extend my profound gratitude to my government for the trust and for nominating me for this important position to millions of capable Tanzanians.

“I am and will forever be proud of the unity demonstrated by SADC member states. It gives me a sense of belonging and identity. This notwithstanding it is worth noting we are currently confronted with different challenges in the New Economic Order. Let us sustain and strengthen our position in unity and avoid being fragmented and marginalised, as together we continue to stand, while divided we will stumble and fall. Challenges of today are different and complex and sometimes may seem not to be visible, but are real, requiring us to remain vigilant and united.”