Ramaphosa to attend SADC summit

Ramaphosa to attend SADC summit

August 15, 2023

Southern African leaders will gather in Luanda in Angola for the 43rd Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Thursday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as outgoing chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, is expected to attend the summit, which will be held under the theme ‘Human and financial capital: The key drivers for sustainable industrialisation of the SADC Region.”

The event will be preceded on Wednesday, August 16, by the Troika Summit of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation.

“The Organ Troika Summit will discuss the political and security situation in the region with particular focus on the Kingdom of Lesotho, Kingdom of Eswatini, Mozambique (SADC Mission in Mozambique) and the Democratic Republic of Congo,” the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The Troika Summit will also reflect on (the) consolidation of democracy in SADC and deliberate the socio-economic outlook for the community.”

Other summit activities include the announcement of the 2022 SADC Secondary School Essay Competition, the Media Awards and the presentation of the Medal of Honour to one of the SADC Founders – the late and first President of Botswana, Seretse Khama.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Naledi Pandor; Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thandi Modise; and Minister in the Presidency responsible for State Security, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, will accompany the President. – SAnews.gov.za

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