The Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) convened a briefing meeting for the Committee of Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Botswana and SADC at the SADC Secretariat on 25th July 2018, in Gaborone, Botswana.
The purpose of the meeting was to brief the Ambassadors and High Commissioners on the agenda and programme of the upcoming 38th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, the and SADC Council of Ministers meetings, which will take place from 9th to 18th August 2018, in Windhoek, the Republic of Namibia,. The Summit will be held under the theme “Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”. The meeting was attended by Ambassadors/High Commissioners from the following Member States; Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The SADC Executive Secretary, Her Excellency, Dr. Tax welcomed the Ambassadors and High Commissioners to the SADC Secretariat and informed them that the Secretariat was working with the Government of the Republic of Namibia to host the Council of Ministers Meeting and Summit of Heads of State in Windhoek, Namibia. She emphasized that Ambassadors and High Commissioners play a very important advisory role to their respective Member States, as well as, linking the Secretariat with Member States on key issues that contribute to the advancement of the regional integration agenda, and urged them to continue doing so.
During the meeting, SADC Ambassadors and High Commissioners received a progress report on the implementation of SADC priority programmes, including the implementation of the revised RISDP, SIPO II, the Industrialization Strategy, and the Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan. Ambassadors also received progress on the preparations for the upcoming Council of Ministers and the Summit of Heads of State and Government, as well as, on the agenda and programme of the SADC Council and Summit.