Minister Dlamini Zuma to lead South African Delegation to the SADC Council of Ministers Meeting, Gaborone, Botswana, 23 - 24 February 2006

Tshwane - South African Foreign Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will lead the South African delegation to the SADC Council of Ministers Meeting in Gaborone, Botswana from Thursday - Friday, 23-24 February 2006.

Minister Dlamini Zuma's participation in the Council of Ministers meeting comes within the context of South Africa's commitment to participate in SADC with a view to successfully finalising its restructuring, and the implementation the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP).

Issues on the agenda of Ministerial discussions are expected to include, among others:

  • A review of the Implementation of Council Decisions;
  • Preparations for the 2006 SADC Consultative Conference;
  • A review of the Operations of the Integrated Committee of Ministers;
  • SADC/European Union Co-operation;
  • Relations with International Co-operating Partners including the SADC-India Forum; and
  • Reports of the:
  • Troika on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation;
  • Implementation of NEPAD;
  • Design, Financing and Construction of the New Headquarters Office Block; and
  • Finance Committee.

Minister Dlamini Zuma is expected to return to South Africa on Friday, 24 February 2006.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152

21 February 2006

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