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    18 Nov, 2016

    SADC AND GERMANY IDENTIFY AREAS OF FOCUS IN THEIR COOPERATION

    The Southern African Development Community (SADC) held policy consultations on regional development cooperation with the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany on the 17th and 18th November 2016 at the SADC Head Office in Gaborone, Botswana. Among other things, the two parties agreed to focus on trade and industrialisation, transboundary water management, transboundary use and protection of natural resources, resilience to climate change, and national and regional linkages in their cooperation. Other areas discussed included peace, security and good governance.

    These consultations were conducted in preparation for the next Bilateral Negotiations between the SADC Secretariat and the Government of the Federal Republic of German due to take place in mid-2017.

    The consultations were co-chaired by Her Excellency, Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, SADC Executive Secretary and Mr. Benjamin Sneider, Senior Policy Officer for SADC at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. His Excellency Mr. Rolf Ulrich, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Botswana, His Excellency Alexander Baum, Head of the European Delegation to Botswana, and officials from both parties attended the meeting.

    The two parties agreed to strengthen their longstanding technical and financial cooperation with a view to foster sustainable socio-economic development, durable peace and security, promotion of democracy, good governance and the advancement of global objectives such as environment and mitigation of climate change and addressing the migration challenge.

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