SADC summit starting Thursday

07 Aug 2018 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) – The 38th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and preceding meetings will take place in Windhoek from 09 to 18 August.
A programme issued by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation on Monday said the summit will be preceded by a series of meeting and events from Thursday.
These will include the meeting of the SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials; the SADC Finance Subcommittee; the SADC Council of Ministers meeting and the Double Troika Summit.
“The council ministers oversee the functioning and development of SADC, implementation of policies, programmes and advises the summit on matters of overall policy, including the efficient as well as harmonious functioning of the institution,” it said.
The official opening of the summit will take place on Friday at the Safari Conference Centre, where the outgoing SADC Chairperson, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will hand over to the incoming Chair, President Hage Geingob to officially host the 38th SADC summit.
Namibia last hosted such a SADC event in 1992, when leaders from the region signed the SADC treaty and declaration that effectively transformed the then Southern African Development Coordination Conference to the Southern African Development Community.
The summit is responsible for the overall policy direction and control of functions of the community, making it the policy-making institution of SADC.