WINDHOEK– South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Windhoek to attend the 38th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) beginning in the Namibian capital on Friday.
Shortly after his arrival here Thursday, the President attended a meeting of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security and reported n progress in the SADC’s in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
The sub-regional grouping earlier this year appointed former South African Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke as leader of the Mediation Team to assist President Ramaphosa in facilitating the political national dialogue and reform processes in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
The SADC summit is being held under the theme. “Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”.
In his role as outgoing chair of SADC, President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a report to the summit outlining the work of the regional body for the duration of South Africa’s tenure as chair from August 2017 to August 2018, the Presidency said in a statement.
As chair, South Africa was guided by its tenure theme of “Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains”.
Among other issues, the summit will discuss the socio-economic situation in the sub-region, while Angola, as Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, will report on the state of peace and security in the sub-region.
Particular attention will be paid to recent and forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe, Madagascar, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC_.
In line with customary practice in SADC, a recorded 2018 SADC Day message by President Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the SADC chair, will be broadcast on national radio and television services throughout the sub-region on 17 August.
South Africa will remain a member of the SADC Troika as outgoing chair until August 2019.
President Ramaphosa is accompanied by International Relations and Co-operation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and State Security Minister Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK