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Vice-President returns Luanda; SADC Summit End
22/08/11

H.H. the Vice President, Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe, arrived back in Gaborone from Luanda, Angola this afternoon after attending the 31st Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
 
According to the official Angola News Agency, before his departure from Luanda His Honour received farewell greetings by the Angolan Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Health, Georges Chikoti and José Van-Dúnem, respectively.

During its two days of deliberations the Summit considered the Report of the outgoing Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, H.E. Rupiah Bwezani Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia, on various regional political issues, as well as additional reports on Regional Economic Integration, the SADC Tribunal and financial and administrative matters.

Issues highlighted in President's Banda's Report included:

The successful completion of the Lesotho Mediation Process by the SADC facilitation Team in Partnership with Christian Council of Lesotho.

* Ongoing efforts by the Troika and SADC mediator on Madagascar to engage stakeholder to fully implementation the agreed roadmap for reconciliation and restoration of democratic process.

* The ongoing implementation of the Global Peace Agreement (GPA) in Zimbabwe

* The successful holding of free and fair elections in the Republic of Seychelles.

The Summit also reviewed the socio-economic situation in the region and reviewed the status of implementation of various regional projects including the Kazungula Bridge, and Zimbabwe-Zambia-Botswana-Namibia Interconnector and EASSy projects.

At the closing ceremony of the Summit a number of legal documents relating to regional development, including the Okavango/Zambezi Treaty, were signed. The Okavango/Zambezi Treaty- which involves Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe- has as its objective the preservation of the biodiversity and sharing of the benefits that come from natural resources, sustainable development of local communities and ecologic tourism.

The SADC member states also signed co-operation agreements in the areas of finance, infrastructure and combating money laundering.

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