In Summary

  • The 39th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be held at the Julius Nyerere International Conference Centre in Dar es Salaam from 5-18 August.

Barbara Lopi, an Information Officer with the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone said Tanzania, as the host, has proposed the theme, “A Conducive Business Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development.”

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.

According to Lopi, the SADC conference is made up of all SADC Heads of States or government officials and is managed on a Troika system that comprises the current SADC Chairperson, the incoming Chairperson and the immediate previous Chairperson.

The current SADC troika comprises of President Dr Hage G. Geingob, of Namibia as the Chairperson of SADC; his predecessor President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa as the outgoing Chairperson and President Dr John Joseph Magufuli of the United Republic of Tanzania as the incoming Chairperson.

The troika for the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation comprises of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu of Zambia as Chairperson of the Organ; his predecessor President João Lourenço of Angola and President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe as the incoming Chairperson of the Organ.

Tanzania last hosted the SADC Summit 16 years ago, in 2003, under the Chairmanship of former President Benjamin Mkapa.

The ordinary SADC Summit will be preceded by a series of meetings and events, namely, the SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials; the SADC Finance subcommittee; SADC Council of Ministers Meeting; as well as the Double Troika Senior Officials, and Ministerial Council of the Organ and Double Troika Summit.