Call for accelerated regional integration

Minister of Foreign Affairs Monyane Moleleki said removal of barriers such as visas and other requirements that delay movement should be scrapped to allow easy movement of people.

“We need to speed up the integration process so that people can move freely and faster within the region,” the minister said last week.

As the integration unfolds, all countries in the region must have a piece of action for the 2010 World Cup soccer finals to be hosted by South Africa, Moleleki said.

He said countries should promote their tourism and infrastructure so that visitors have a feel of Southern Africa before, during and after the World Cup.

The minister hailed the just-ended elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), saying that he would like to see the continuation of the democratisation process in the region.

The DRC held what observers said were well-organised and successful elections ‘ the first in 46 years.

Moleleki said the elections were one big step in finding a peaceful solution in the vast and turbulent Central African country.

“We appeal to them to maintain peace and that those who lose build their parties for the next elections,” he said in a wide-ranging interview.

He also appealed to Angola to arrange for elections.

“We are appealing to Angola to make arrangements for credible elections,” he said. ‘ Public Eye.

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