The Mozambican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Veronica Macamo, said it was urgent to speed up the operationalisation of the Regional Centre for Humanitarian and Emergency Operations (COHE) of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), based in Nacala, northern Mozambique.
The governor expressed this position on Saturday (18), at the ordinary meeting of the SADC Council of Ministers, which ended on Sunday in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The urgency of the operationalisation of the Regional Centre for Humanitarian and Emergency Operations is imposed by the increasingly severe weather events that are occurring in our region,” said Verónica Macamo.
For the Mozambican diplomacy chief, “it is up to all of us (SADC members) to speed up actions with a view to the immediate operationalisation” of the COHE.
Verónica Macamo said at the meeting that the Mozambican government “is making efforts to sign, as soon as possible, the memorandum of understanding between member states on the establishment of the Humanitarian and Emergency Operations Centre, as well as the agreement to host the centre.
The SADC Humanitarian and Emergency Operations Centre was launched in 2021 by the President of the Republic, Filipe Nyusi, and will be responsible for coordinating regional disaster risk preparedness, response and rapid recovery in support of Member States affected by disasters. It will also facilitate the management of the supply chain of equipment and supplies that SADC actors require during the deployment of humanitarian support.