Mauritius set to take part in SADC leaders meet in Zimbabwe
The summit will serve as a forum to discuss the political and socio-economic situation in the region and the global economic situation as well as matters related to gender and development, food security and HIV/aids. (Image: Talk Zimbabwe)
Mauritius will take part in the 34th Heads of State Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) where Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will be elected President of the SADC.
Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe will play host to the SADC Summit, which is slated to take place from August 17 to 18, 2014.
The theme of the Summit this year is: “SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation: Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Resources for Sustainable Economic and Social Development through Beneficiation and Value Addition”.
Starting with the exchange of the chairmanship of the organization from Malawi to Zimbabwe, the Summit will also study several reports, namely that of the outgoing president of the organisation from Malawi, a report on the regional strategic development plan and another one on the setting up of a SADC tribunal.
It will also discuss the political and socio-economic situation in the region and the global economic situation as well as matters related to gender and development, food security and HIV/aids.
The Summit is preceded by the SADC Council of Ministers’ meeting from August 14 to 16, 2014, that has kicked off today.
Inaugurating the meeting, Foreign Minister of Malawi, George Chaponda, officially handed over the chairpersonship of the SADC Council of Ministers to his counterpart from Zimbabwe, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.
Chaponda, in his address at the opening session of the two-day Council of Ministers meeting, expressed gratitude to fellow SADC member states for the support rendered to Malawi during its one-year tenure as SADC chair and expressed unwavering support to the incoming chair Zimbabwe.
Coming to Mumbengegwi, he stressed that the SADC region was bound by the collective spirit of a common vision, history and future.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an inter-governmental organization which has been in existence since 1980 and is headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana.
Its goal is to further socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among 15 southern African states – Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.