SADC Ordinary Summit to be hosted in Malawi

11 August 2021 | Africa

JEMIMA BEUKES



WINDHOEK

The 41st session of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government will be hosted in Malawi on 17 and 18 August, with a limited number of attendees allowed under strict Covid-19 protocols.

The session will take place under the theme ‘Bolstering Productive Capacities in the Face of the Covid-19 Pandemic for Inclusive, Sustainable, Economic and Industrial Transformation’.

During the session, Malawian president Lazarus Chakwera is expected to take over as SADC chair from incumbent Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, president of Mozambique.

Another highlight will be bidding farewell to SADC executive secretary Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax after serving for eight years, while her successor will be sworn in at the same occasion.

According to a media statement, the summit will be followed by a council of ministers meeting which will also be held in a hybrid fashion, allowing delegates to attend in person as well as through virtual platforms.

The theme of this session seeks to accelerate the implementation of the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020–2030, in particular the industrialisation and market integration pillar.

Taking stock

“The summit will take stock of progress made in promoting and deepening regional integration in line with SADC’s aspirations as espoused in the RISDP 2020–2030 and Vision 2050, which envisage a peaceful, inclusive, competitive middle- to high-income industrialised region where all citizens enjoy sustainable economic well-being, justice and freedom,” the statement read.

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