International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will travel to Windhoek, Namibia, for a meeting of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
The SADC Council of Ministers is responsible for overseeing the functioning and development of the region. The council also ensures that policies and decisions taken are implemented.
In a statement on Friday, the international relations and cooperation department said the meeting was expected to deliberate on a number of key issues pertaining to the region.
The meeting will also consider a number of strategic documents and receive update reports on the progress made since the last meeting, which took place in Windhoek, Namibia in August 2018.
“Key issues to be deliberated upon will include the status of finances of the organisation and the approval of the 2019/20 budget. Furthermore, council will also reflect on progress made towards continental and regional integration,” said the statement.
“In addition, council will receive a progress report on the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap and on the implementation of the current theme of the 38th SADC Summit ‘Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development’.”
South Africa will also report on the state of readiness relating to the hosting of the upcoming SADC Solidarity Conference with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, scheduled to take place in South Africa from March 25 to 26 2019.
The SADC Council of Ministers Meeting was preceded by meetings of the SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials on March 11, 2019, and the Finance Committee on March 12 2019.
Sisulu will be accompanied by the deputy minister of trade and industry, Bulelani Magwanishe, and senior officials from other departments.
– African News Agency