Here’s what to expect at the 42nd SADC ordinary summit in the DRC this week

SADC Member States will receive an update on progress made in the implementation of these strategic policies and previous Summit decisions, since the last meeting in August of 2021 held in Lilongwe Malawi. Photo: SADC.
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PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa is in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), for the 42nd SADC Ordinary Summit slated for Wednesday and Thursday this week.

The President left for the summit this Tuesday afternoon and he will join other regional leaders for the summit running under the theme: “Promoting Industrialisation through Agro Processing, Mineral Beneficiation and Regional Value Chains for Inclusive and Resilient Economic Growth”.

The summit, which will be attended by the 16 SADC member states, is being held at a time when Zimbabwe is vigorously pursuing economic growth in the mining and agriculture sectors which dovetails with the theme.

In mining, the country is making strides towards achieving a US$12 billion economy by 2023, while various interventions are being put in place to grow the agriculture sector.

Upon his arrival at the Ndjili International Airport in DRC, President Mnangagwa was received by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Ambassador Frederick Shava, Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to the DRC, Mr Johannes Tomana and senior government officials.

The SADC Summit will take place on 17 and 18 August 2022 at the Palais du Peuple (Parliament Building).

The summit will be attended by Heads of State and Government from the 16 SADC Member States, namely Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, eSwatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

It is also attended by heads of continental and regional bodies as observers.

President Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the outgoing Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation and Facilitator of the Lesotho Peace Process, will lead discussions of the SADC Organ Troika Summit, which is responsible for promoting peace and security in the region.

What to expect at the 42nd Ordinary Summit

– Regional leaders will deliberate on the region’s development under the theme: “Promoting industrialisation through agro-processing, mineral beneficiation, and regional value chains for inclusive and resilient economic growth”.

– SADC Member States will receive an update on progress made in the implementation of these strategic policies and previous Summit decisions since the last meeting in August of 2021 held in Lilongwe, Malawi.

– The Summit is expected to adopt a Memorandum of Agreement on the establishment and operationalisation of the SADC Humanitarian and Emergency Operations Centre (SHOC) to be hosted in Mozambique.

– In recognising the role played by non-state actors in this sector, the Summit will consider a proposed SADC Mechanism for Engagement with Non-State Actors.

– This year’s Summit will also consider the status of ratification, accession and implementation of SADC Agreements and Protocols by member states.

– 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 Treaty of the Southern African Development Community that entails recognition of the SADC Parliament as a SADC Institution.

– 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 Lecture and Organ Troika Summit.

– During the Summit, President Félix Tshisekedi Tshilombo of the DRC will take over the chairpersonship of SADC from President Lazarus Chakwera of the Republic of Malawi.

Malawi assumed the Chair on 17th August 2021 during the 41st SADC Summit held in Lilongwe, Malawi.

SADC is guided by the SADC Vision 2050 and the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) (2020 – 2030), the Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap, and the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan.