The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Minister concluded its business after two days of deliberations. The Council of Ministers was held on Thursday and Friday, the 15th and 16th March 2017 at the Royal Swazi Hotel in Ezulwini, Kingdom of Swaziland to prepare for the extraordinary Summit of SADC Head of States and Government that will take place on the 18th March 2017 at Lozitha Place, Swaziland.
His Royal Highness Prince Hlangusemphi, Minister of Economic Planning and Development of the Kingdom of Swaziland and Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers briefed the Media on the outcomes Council Meeting outcomes of the two-day SADC Council of Ministers Meeting. The Chair was accompanied by, Mr Bertram Stewart, Chairperson of the Standing Committee of Officials, and SADC Deputy Executive Secretary for Regional Integration, Dr. Thembinkosi Mhlongo.
The Council of Ministers was preceded by the meetings of Senior Officials of the Ministerial Task Force on Regional Economic Integration; the Finance Committee; the Standing Committee of Senior Officials; the Ministers of Justice; the Ministerial Task Force on Regional Economic Integration and the Ministerial Retreat from the 6th to the 14th of March 2017 here in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Among others, Council received the Annual Performance Report of the SADC Secretariat covering the implementation of the approved Corporate Plans for 2016/2017, and approved the SADC Secretariat’s Corporate Plans for 2017/2018 with an estimated expenditure of US$71.195 million.
Council also received the Draft Costed Action Plan of the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2063 and recommended it for approval by the Extraordinary Summit.
The Council of Ministers oversees the functioning and development of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and ensures that policies are properly implemented.