The Southern African Development Community (SADC), will convene a Double Troika Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the regional body on 24th April, 2018 in Luanda, Angola.
The Summit will be attended by the Heads of States and Governments, or representatives from the Double Troika Member States which comprise of the Republic of South Africa as the Chair of SADC; the Republic of Namibia as the Deputy Chair of SADC; the Kingdom of Swaziland as the out-going Chair of SADC; the Republic of Angola as the Chair of Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation; the Republic of Zambia as the incoming Chair of Organ; and the United Republic of Tanzania as the outgoing Chair of Organ.
The Summit will receive Reports on the political and security situation in the SADC region to enable the regional leaders to appreciate the progress made in the implementation of SADC decisions in the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Summit will be preceded by the meeting of Double Troika Ministerial Committee of the Organ on the 23rd of April 2018.
The SADC Summit is responsible for the overall policy direction and control of functions of the community, ultimately making it the policy-making institution of SADC. It is made up of all SADC Heads of States or Government and is managed on a Troika system that comprises of the current SADC Summit Chairperson, the incoming Chairperson (the Deputy Chairperson at the time), and the immediate previous Chairperson.
The Troika System vests authority in this group to take quick decisions on behalf of SADC that are ordinarily taken at policy meetings scheduled at regular intervals, as well as providing policy direction to SADC Institutions in between regular SADC Summits.
The Troika system operates at the level of the Summit and the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security, and the application of two Troikas is referred to as the Double Troika.
SADC is an organisation of 16 Member States whose mission is to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient, productive systems, deeper cooperation and integration, good governance and durable peace and security; so that the region emerges as a competitive and effective player in international relations and the world economy.