SOUTH AFRICAN F.M. LEAVES FOR WINDHOEK TO ATTEND SADC COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING

PRETORIA– South African Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Lindiwe Sisulu has left for Namibia to attend a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) im Windhoek where she will hand over the chair of the committee to Namibia.

The SADC Council of Ministers meeting is one of the meetings which precede the 38th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government, which will be hosted by Namibia on Aug 17 and 18 2018, said the Department of International Relations and Co-operation (Dirco) in a statement here Sunday.

The Council of Ministers, which consist of Ministers from each of the 16 member countries, oversees the functioning of and development of the SADC and ensures that policies and decisions are implemented. It is usually made up Ministers of Foreign Affairs, International Relations and Economic Planning or Finance.

The two-day meeting of the Council of Ministers is scheduled to get underway on Monday and will be followed by Summit of the SADC Organ Troika on Thursday.

The 38th SADC Summit is expected to discuss key regional issues, which include the status of member States’ contributions, overview of the socio-economic situation and state of peace and security. This year’s summit will be held under the theme “Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK