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    The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, based in Gaborone, Botswana, oversees operations to implement SADC’s mandate. The Public Relations Unit (PRU) promotes popular participation of SADC and is the lead executor of the SADC corporate communication including public and media relations, public affairs, protocol and special events management, thus the custodian of communications, branding and promotional strategies. Thus, the Public Relations Unit strives to establish and maintain lines of communication, mutual understanding, acceptance and co-operation between SADC and its internal and external publics/stakeholders. 

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    • Press Release - Ministers of Agriculture and Food Security - Swaziland 26 July 2016

      Date Signed: 2016-07-22

      Type: Documents & Publications, Media Releases & Statements


      The SADC Ministers responsible for Agriculture and Food Security met on 22nd July 2016 in Ezulwini, Swaziland. The objective of the meeting was to review the Food Security situation and progress in the implementation of Regional programmes including the development of the Regional Agriculture Policy Investment Plan. The meeting was also intended to update Ministers on the Food Security situation in the Region following the drought induced by the El Niño phenomenon.

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    • Press Release 7th Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Tourism July 2016 Gaborone

      Date Signed: 2016-07-07

      Type: Documents & Publications, Media Releases & Statements

      Themes: Themes, Infrastructure, Tourism


      The 7th Meeting of SADC Ministers responsible for Tourism was held in Gaborone, Botswana, on 7 July, 2016 and hosted by the Government of Botswana. The meeting was called to review the progress made with the implementation of the regional tourism programme in the SADC region, exchange views on topical issues relating to or impacting on tourism in the SADC region.

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    • Over 41.4 million people are food insecure in Southern Africa

      Date Signed: 2016-06-15

      Type: Documents & Publications, Media Releases & Statements


      An estimated 41 million people - 23 per cent - of the 181 million rural population in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are food insecure, and out of this figure, more than 21 million are in urgent need of assistance.

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    • Press Release - SADC establishes a regional El Nino response team

      Date Signed: 2016-05-26

      Type: Documents & Publications, Media Releases & Statements

      Issues: Environment & Sustainable Development

      Themes: Agriculture & Food Security, Meteorology & Climate


      The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat has established a Team to coordinate a regional response to the impacts of the 2015/2016 El-Niño phenomenon on livelihoods in close collaboration with Member States.

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    • Media Release: Ministerial Workshop on Food Security & Poverty Eradication held on 16 May 2016

      Date Signed: 2016-05-17

      Type: Documents & Publications, Media Releases & Statements


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    • Press Release: Ministerial Workshop on Food Security and Poverty Eradication MONDAY 16 MAY 2016

      Date Signed: 2016-05-11

      Type: Documents & Publications, Media Releases & Statements


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    • Pre-Council Briefing, Gaborone

      Date Signed: 2016-02-22

      Type: Documents & Publications, Media Releases & Statements


      The SADC Council of Ministers meeting will be taking place on 14th and 15th March, 2016 here in Gaborone, Republic of Botswana. The SADC Council of Ministers traditionally meets annually during this period of the year to review implementation of its decisions, and approve the SADC budget. This Council will therefore primarily discuss and approve the budget for the 2016/2017 SADC activities, and will review progress made on the implementation of 2015/2016 Plan and budget and its decisions taken at its last meeting in August 2015 here in Gaborone. SADC financial year runs from April to March.

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    • Seychelles presidential race heading for run-off second round

      Date Signed: 2015-12-06

      Type: Documents & Publications, Media Releases & Statements


      Seychelles presidential race heading for run-off within 14 days - no candidate wins absolute majority after 'highly contested' first round

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    • Head of Mission Launches SEOM to the 2015 Seychelles Presidential Elections in Victoria

      Date Signed: 2015-11-27

      Type: Documents & Publications, Media Releases & Statements


      Honourable Patrício José, the Deputy Minister of Defence in the Republic of Mozambique, and Head of the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM) to the Republic of Seychelles launched SEOM on 27 November, 2015, at Avani Hotel in Victoria, Republic of Seychelles.

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