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Final Communiqué of the 32nd Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government Maputo, Mozambique
August 18, 2012

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Maputo Mozambique

1. The 32ndSession of the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique on 17th and 18th August 2012.

2. Summit elected H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza, the President of the Republic of Mozambique and H.E.President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of SADC, respectively.

3. Summit also elected H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba of the Republic Namibia as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, respectively.

4. Summit was attended by the following Heads of State and Government and or their representatives:

Botswana H.E. President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama

DRC H.E. President Joseph Kabila Kabange

Lesotho Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane

Malawi H.E. President Joyce Banda

Mozambique H.E. President Armando Emilio Guebuza

Namibia H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba

Seychelles H.E. President James Alix Michel

South Africa H.E. President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

Swaziland His Majesty King Mswati III

United Republic H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania

Zambia H.E. President Michael Chilufya Sata

Zimbabwe H.E. President Robert Gabriel Mugabe

Angola H.E. Fernando da Piedade Dias Dos Santos, Vice President

Mauritius Hon. Arvin Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade

5. Summit was also attended by H.E. Joaquim Alberto Chissano, former President of Mozambique, and SADC Mediator on the conflict in Madagascar.

6. In attendance were also the following: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma South African Minister of Home Affairs and Incoming Chairperson of the African Union Commission, (AUC), H.E. Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB),Mr Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, Secretary General of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary General and of the East African Community (EAC) and Dr. Esau M. Chiviya, Secretary General of the SADC Parliamentary Forum.

7. H.E. President Guebuza, SADC Chairperson and host of the 32nd Summit welcomed the SADC Heads of State and Government and other delegates to the Republic of Mozambique. In his speech, President Guebuza paid tribute to the outgoing Chairperson for having provided good leadership to the Region. He indicated that his chairpersonship shall, amongst others, focus on the Development Corridors as Vehicles for SADC Regional Integration that need to be harnessed due to the role they play in consolidating social dimensions of development and the regional integration process.

8. Addressing the official opening ceremony of Summit through his Vice President, H.E. Fernando de Piedade Dias Dos Santos, Outgoing SADC Chairperson, H.E. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos of the Republic of Angola, thanked the Heads of State and Government, the entire Region, and International Cooperating Partners (ICPs) for supporting him during his chairpersonship. In handing over the chairpersonship to Mozambique, President dos Santos pledged his support and urged all the Member States to render Mozambique their undivided support as they did to Angola during his tenure of office.

9. In his acceptance statement, the new SADC Chairperson and host of the 32nd Ordinary SADC Summit, H.E. President Guebuza said that Mozambique accepts the chairpersonship of SADC with immense humility and shall continue to count on all SADC Member States to assist in his endeavour to move the Region forward.

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