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The Member of Parliament for Kgatleng West, Honourable Gilbert S. Mangole left for Lusaka, Zambia, yesterday 21st February, 2012 to attend the Seventh Regional Meeting (Southern Africa) of the African, Caribbean and Pacific - European Union (ACP-EU) Joint Parliamentary Assembly from the 22nd – 24th February 2012.

The meeting is expected to discuss the following issues among others:

Regional integration and cooperation:
• The process of regional integration and cooperation in Southern Africa (The Regional Strategy Paper, utilization of the EDF, the role of SADC and COMESA, EPA perspectives)
• Regional cooperation in energy resources

Strengthening democracy:
• The fight against corruption
• Elections and electoral processes: The SADC experience

Attainment of the Millennium Development Goals:
• The social and economic Impact of HIV/AIDS: Implementation of national and regional policies against the pandemic
• The attainment of universal primary education
• Food security and agricultural development

Participatory approaches to development:
• Gender mainstreaming in development processes
• The role of the media
The Honourable Member is expected back home on 25th February, 2012.

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