Southern Africa: Swaziland – SADC Summit Ends With Approval of Various Protocols

The 36th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) that took place in Mbabane, Swaziland, ended last Wednesday with the approval of various protocols.

The gathering elected the Swazi king, Mswati III, and the South African President, Jacob Zuma, to the rotating post of chairperson and vice chairperson of SADC respectively.

The republics of Tanzania and Angola were also elected to the rotating posts of chair and vice chair, respectively, of the SADC organ of co-operation in the domains of politics, defence and security.

According to the final communique, the gathering approved several juridical instruments, such as the agreement that amends the SADC protocol on corruption, the protocol on co-operation in the domains of politics, defence and security and the agreement that amends the SADC protocol on finance and investment.

The meeting passed Annex 13 relating to co-operation in the area of financial markets, the accord that amends article 3 of the protocol on commercial exchange in SADC, the accord on the materialisation of the Regional Development Fund, as well as the draft agreement that amends the SADC protocol on gender and development.

The summit also analysed the situation in certain member states, with highlight on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho and Madagascar.

The meeting praised the advances being made in the implementation of the Regional Master Plan on Development of Infrastructures in the region and also appealed to the regional and international community to provide continuous support to the SADC populations affected by droughts.

On the occasion, the Angolan Foreign Affairs minister, Georges Chicoti, congratulated South Africa on having hosted the AMANI AFRICA II (AAFTX) Military Exercises in October/November 2015, as well as the member states that participated in it and contributed for the event to take place.

Source: Angola Press Agency.