1 President Cyril Ramaphosa left today, Tuesday, August 16, 2022, from South Africa to the Democratic Republic of the Congo on a working visit to participate in the 42nd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Community to Development (SADC).
2 The regional leaders are expected to deliberate on the development of the region under the theme “Promoting industrialization through agricultural processing, mineral beneficiation and regional value chains for inclusive and resilient economic growth.”
3 The theme highlights efforts to strengthen the implementation of the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030.
4 South Africa uses SADC as its main foreign policy vehicle to achieve regional development and integration in southern Africa.
5 At the same time, SADC is guided by the SADC Vision 2050 and the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) (2020-2030), the Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap, and the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan. The SADC Summit will take place on 17-18 August 2022 at the Palais du Peuple (Parliament Building) and SADC Member States will receive an update on the progress made in implementing these strategic policies and decisions.
7 Given the frequency of natural disasters in the region, the Summit is expected to adopt a Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment and operation of the SADC Emergency and Humanitarian Operations Center (SHOC) to be hosted in Mozambique.
8 Recognizing the role played by non-state actors in this sector, the Summit will consider a proposal for a SADC Mechanism for the engagement of non-state actors.
9 This year’s Summit will also consider the status of ratification, accession and implementation of SADC Agreements and Protocols by member states.
10 The Summit will also deliberate on a proposed amendment to a protocol on the development of tourism in the region, as well as an amendment to the Southern African Development Community Treaty involving the recognition of the SADC Parliament as a SADC Institution.
11 President Ramaphosa, in his capacity as outgoing Chair of the SADC Body on Political, Defense and Security Cooperation and Facilitator of the Lesotho Peace Process, will lead the Troika Summit discussions of the SADC Body, which is responsible to promote peace and security in the region.
13 The Summit will be preceded by meetings of the Standing Committee of Senior Officials and the Finance Committee; the Council of Ministers, as well as a SADC Public Conference and Organ Troika Summit.
15 Malawi assumed the Presidency on August 17, 2021 during the 41st SADC Summit held in Lilongwe, Malawi.
16 President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr. Naledi Pandor; Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele and Deputy Minister of Defense and Military Veterans Thabang Makwetla.