Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad arrives in Mauritius for SADC Ministerial Meeting, Thursday, 24 - Friday, 25 February 2005

Mauritius-South African Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad arrived in Mauritius on Wednesday 23 February ahead of the scheduled SADC Council of Ministers meeting to be held on Thursday - Friday, 24-25 February 2005. The South African delegation to the meeting will be led by Minister of Trade and Industry, Mandisi Mpahlwa .

Issues on the agenda of discussions will include, among others:

  • A report of the SADC Troika;
  • A report on the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) held in Abuja, Nigeria from 30-31 January 2005;
  • The operationalisation of NEPAD;
  • Progress on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals;
  • The African Peer Review Mechanism;
  • SADC-EU Co-operation with specific reference to the Berlin Initiative;
  • Economic partnership agreements with specific reference to the ACP-EU Negotiations; and
  • The commemoration of the 25th anniversary of SADC.

Deputy Minister Pahad will return to South Africa on Sunday, 27 February 2005 ahead of the SADC Workshop on Election Guidelines scheduled for 28 February - 1 March in Maseru, Lesotho.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853.

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23 February 2005

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