His Excellency, Dr Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia and Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) visited the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana on Friday, 1st February, 2019.
The President was accompanied by Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia, who is also the Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers.
The key objectives of the visit were to enable the President who is the current SADC Chairperson to appreciate the work done by the Secretariat in facilitating the SADC regional agenda and to further provide guidance to the Secretariat.
The SADC Chairperson toured the SADC Secretariat, received an update on the status of implementation of SADC Programmes and the 38th SADC Summit theme and decisions, and held a meeting with the SADC Secretariat Management Team, and addressed all Staff. SADC Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to the Republic of Botswana and SADC were also present.
The SADC Chairperson also visited the SADC Climate Services Centre which provides operational, regional services for monitoring and predicting extremes in climate condition. The Centre develops and disseminates meteorological, environmental and hydro-meteorological products thereby contributing to improved disaster risk management in the region, and helping to ensure Member States are better prepared for weather and climate disasters, conservation and protection of natural resources.