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of the 33rd Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government Lilongwe,
August 18, 2013
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1. The 33rd
Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) was held in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi
on 17th and 18th August 2013.
2. The Summit
elected H.E. President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi and
H.E Robert Gabriel Mugabe, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe
as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of SADC, respectively.
3. Summit also
elected H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba of the Republic of Namibia
and Right Honourable Thomas Motsoahae Thabane, Prime Minister of
the Kingdom of Lesotho as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of
the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, respectively.
4. The Summit
was attended by the following Heads of State and Government and
or their representatives:
- Angola: Rt.
Honourable Manuel Vicente, Vice President
H.E. President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama
- DRC: H.E.
President Joseph Kabila Kabange
Rt. Hon. Thomas Motsoahae Thabane (Prime Minister)
- Malawi: H.E.
President Joyce Banda
The Rt. Honourable Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam (Prime Minister)
H.E. President Armando Emilio Guebuza
Honourable Marco Hausiku, (Deputy Prime Minister)
- South Africa:
H.E. President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma
Rt. Honourable Danny Faure (Vice President)
Rt. Honourable Dr. Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini, (Prime Minister)
- United Republic
of Tanzania: H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
- Zambia: His
Honour Dr. Guy Scott, (Vice President)
H.E. President Robert Gabriel Mugabe
5. Summit was
also attended by H.E. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of
the African Union Commission, (AUC) and H.E. Dr. Tomaz Augusto Salomão,
SADC Executive Secretary. In attendance were also H.E. Mr. Sindiso
Ndema Ngwenya, Secretary General of the Common Market for East and
Southern Africa (COMESA); H.E. Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary
General of the East African Community (EAC); and Dr. Esau M. Chiviya,
Secretary General of the SADC Parliamentary Forum.
6. H.E. President
Joyce Banda, SADC Chairperson and host of the 33rd Summit welcomed
the SADC Heads of State and Government and other delegates to the
Republic of Malawi. President Banda paid tribute to the outgoing
Chairperson of SADC, H.E. President Armando Emilio Guebuza of Mozambique
for having provided leadership to the Region. She indicated that
her chairpersonship shall focus on poverty reduction and sustainable
food production, among other things.
7. The Outgoing
SADC Chairperson, H.E. President Armando Emilio Guebuza of Mozambique,
commended SADC Heads of State and Government, the entire Region,
and International Cooperating Partners (ICPs) for the support rendered
to him during his tenure as Chairperson. President Guebuza pledged
to support President Banda and appealed to all Member States to
accord Malawi their usual support as she assumes the responsibility
of spearheading the SADC regional integration agenda.
8. In her acceptance
statement, the new SADC Chairperson and host of the 33rd Ordinary
SADC Summit, H.E. President Banda indicated that Malawi accepts
the chairpersonship of SADC with humility, national pride and a
sense of responsibility and shall continue to count on all SADC
Member States for assistance to accelerate the implementation and
realization of the SADC regional integration agenda.
9. Summit was
also addressed by H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the AUC Chairperson
who commended SADC Member States for the progress made in regional
integration. She undertook to ensure that the AUC continues to render
support to SADC Member States in order to realize peace and stability,
economic and socio-political development in the region leading to
the improvement of the quality of lives of the people of the Region.
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