Bill Watch 46/2019 SADC Summit in Dar es Salaam 17th to 18th August 22 August 2019 BILL WATCH 46/2019 [22nd August 2019] SADC Summit in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 17th - 18th August The 39th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held at the Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania last weekend. All sixteen SADC member States were represented. New SADC Leadership August 2019 – August 2020 Under the Treaty establishing SADC each country holds the position of chairperson for a year on a strictly rotational basis. The posts are assigned to countries in rotation to ensures that each member State has its turn. Except for the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, the member State that holds the Summit Troika chair automatically provides the chairpersons of the subsidiary SADC institutions. The SADC Treaty lays down, however, that SADC chairperson cannot simultaneously chair the Organ. President Magufuli of Tanzania to be SADC Chairperson In accordance with the SADC rotation system the Summit welcomed President Magufuli of the United Republic of Tanzania as the new SADC chairperson. President Nyusi of Mozambique was welcomed as SADC deputy chairperson for the year 2019-2020 and will assume the chair at the August 2020 Summit. The outgoing SADC chairperson, President Geingob of Namibia, will be the third member of the Summit Troika which functions as the steering committee between meetings is responsible for decision-making, facilitating implementation of decisions and providing policy directions. President Mnangagwa to be Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation Also in accordance with the SADC rotation system, the Summit welcomed President Mnangagwa as the chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation. President Masisi of Botswana is the Organ deputy chairperson. The outgoing Organ chairperson, President Lungu of Zambia, will automatically be the third member of the Organ Troika. Again these three – the Organ Troika – will function as the steering committee of the Organ between meetings. The full text of the Summit Communiqué is available on the Veritas website [link]. What follows are a few selected highlights. Theme of the 39th Summit of Heads of State and Government, “A Conducive Environment of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, Increased Intra-Regional Trade and Job Creation’’ The Summit noted the progress made on the implementation of the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and approved the Protocol on Industry which aims to

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