Press Release

14 August 2013

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane in Lilongwe to participate in the SADC Council of Ministers Meeting

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane arrived in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi, today (14 August 2013) to take part in the SADC Council of Ministers Meeting, scheduled for 14-15 August 2013.

The SADC Council of Ministers Meeting precedes the 33rd Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, which will take place on 17-18 August 2013 in the Malawian capital.

The meeting of the SADC Council of Ministers usually considers a variety of matters for decision and noting.  It also examines the performance of SADC institutions and reviews the overall implementation of the SADC’s socio-economic programmes.

President Zuma is expected to lead the South African Government delegation to the 33rd Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government. The President is also expected to participate in the SADC Organ Troika Summit prior to the SADC Summit. The Organ Troika comprises Namibia, South Africa and Tanzania.

The SADC Summit is a statutory meeting of the regional body which convenes annually in August.  Some of the issues to be discussed during the Summit in Lilongwe include an overview of the political and socio-economic situation in the region.

The Republic of Malawi will assume the position of Chair of the SADC during the Summit.

For more information, please contact Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974


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