Staff reporter

Vice-President of NAMIBIA, Dr. Nangolo Mbumba, has urged Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Member States to redouble their efforts and unite in the fight for post-Covid economic recovery -19.

“The pandemic has, over the past two years, disrupted our economic recovery efforts, and those of other SACU member states, resulting in the depletion of SACU’s revenue since its inception,” the Vice President said during courtesy visit to SACU headquarters. in Windhoek recently.

According to the Vice President, SACU is a key strategic partner in working towards post-Covid-19 recovery, which requires “a committed focus on economic transformation, competitiveness, collaboration and diversification”.

Dr. Mbumba further underscored the need to prioritize regional integration efforts as a strategy to address development challenges. He said these efforts are critically important at a time of global economic instability, framed by a fragile global economic recovery and outlook.

“We prioritize regional integration efforts as a credible strategy to address our development challenges. It is an ideal platform to promote the large-scale investments and economic efficiency necessary for economic growth and job creation,” he said.

The Vice President also urged the SACU Secretariat to work closely with all Member States to ensure that SACU trade policies are anchored and streamlined with national policies with a clear strategy that promotes consistency in all sectors to maximize benefits to the country.