SADC members urged to ensure access to energy, water infrastructure amid COVID-19 pandemic

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The logo of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) is seen at a summit on June 20, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (ALEXANDER JOE/AFP via Getty Images)
Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax. (Photo by Valery SharifulinTASS via Getty Images)

The executive secretary of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Stergomena Lawrence Tax on Monday encouraged member states to ensure that energy and water infrastructure is not jeopardized by COVID-19.

At a time when the world is facing a great challenge imposed by COVID-19, Tax told a joint virtual meeting of Ministers Responsible for Energy and Ministers Responsible for Water that the deadly disease continues to aggressively affect the socio-economic development of the SADC region.

“As a region, we need to ensure that our energy and water infrastructure and services are not jeopardized due to this pandemic,” said Tax in her introductory remarks.

In this recognition and with a view of being prepared, Tax said the secretariat conducted a sectoral assessment of the impacts of COVID-19 including on the energy and water sectors.

Tax said the assessment did allude to the fact that there is a need for member states to increase investments in the energy and water sectors so as to ensure that all SADC citizens have access to energy and safe drinking water.

The 40th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Governments held virtually in August this year approved the SADC Vision 2050 and the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan 2020-2030

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