Phamotse to chair AUSC council of ministers

Phamotse to chair AUSC council of ministers

 

MASERU –The Minister of Gender, Youth and Sports Recreation, Dr Mahali Phamotse, has been appointed the new chairperson of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 council of ministers ahead of Lesotho’s hosting of the 2020 Region 5 Youth Games next December.
Dr Phamotse was selected during a Region 5 ordinary council of ministers meeting held in Maseru on Tuesday, 13 months before Maseru hosts the youth games.
The Region 5 council of ministers comprises of sports ministers from its member countries – Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe – and it is tradition for the host country to assume the chairpersonship of the council’s troika which comprises sports ministers of the previous host, the current host and future host of the games.
On Tuesday, Botswana (last year’s host), Lesotho and Malawi, who host the Region 5 Youth Games next, were confirmed as the new leadership troika.
Ana Paula da Sacramento Neto (Angola), Harries Bulunga (Eswatini), Francis Lucky Phisso (Malawi), Nkosinathi Mthethwa (South Africa) and Emmanuel Mulenga (Zambia) were the ministers present at the meeting while the deputy ministers of Mozambique (Ana Flavia De Azinheira) and Namibia (Agnes Tjongarero) represented their respective countries.
Dr Phamotse said the council is determined to promote, cultivate and nurture regional solidarity and the continuous review of existing organisational policies and governance instruments in order to “promote and uphold consistent implementation of council of ministers’ collective decisions”.
“We note with satisfaction the role played by the Region 5 Games as a catalyst for investment in the development of the youth through sports in the region and the need to consistently promote sport for all among all citizens of the region,” the minister said.
The council committed to strengthen its determination by building durable collaborations to overcome all challenges threatening the gains of the region’s sporting heritage by adopting collective transformational strategies.
Region 5 wants to transform sport into a variable economic industry that stimulates business investment and creates a corridor of accelerated youth empowerment and employment creation.
The council said it wants to foster social cohesion in order to promote bilateral and multilateral collaborations meant to create hope and social unity for people through sports.
The final communiqué stated that the Region 5 council is pleased with the progress made by Lesotho towards the hosting of the 2020 Region 5 Youth Games including its commitment to develop new facilities and refurbish existing ones to meet international standards after the Region 5 council visited the games village sites in Lepereng and the National University of Lesotho.

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