Minister Dlamini Zuma to Lead South African Delegation to SADC Council of Ministers Meeting, Gaborone, Botswana Monday, 15 - Tuesday, 16 August 2005

Tshwane - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will, on Sunday, 14 August 2005 depart for Gaborone, Botswana where she will lead the South African delegation to the SADC Council of Ministers meeting scheduled for Monday - Tuesday, 15-16 August 2005.

The Council of Ministers is expected to deliberate on, and make recommendations to the Heads of State and Government Summit scheduled for Wednesday - Thursday, 17-18 August 2005 on the following issues:

  • The outcomes of the Sirte African Union (AU) Summit including progress in the implementation of NEPAD and the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals;
  • The position of SADC Foreign Ministers on the right of veto for new United Nations Security Council members in a reformed United Nations;
  • The status of relations with international co-operating partners including the European Union, the World Bank, India through the SADC-India Forum, ASEAN and the Gulf Co-operation Council;
  • Activities of the SADC Integrated Committee of Ministers;
  • A review the regional situation with regard to: economic and social, agriculture and food security situation; gender and HIV and Aids;
  • The SADC Development Fund;
  • The Southern African Power Pool; and
  • The SADC Housing Policy.

President Thabo Mbeki is expected to depart from South Africa on Tuesday, 16 August 2005 ahead of the Summit of Heads of State and Government.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
14 August 2005

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