The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will hold the Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on 23rd of June, 2021 in Maputo, Republic of Mozambique to discuss issues of regional integration, cooperation and development.
In a statement, the regional bloc said His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique will Chair the Extraordinary Summit in his capacity as the current Chairperson of SADC.
The summit is expected to discuss the regional response and support to the Republic of Mozambique in addressing terrorism, regional food and nutrition security, gender and development, and progress in the regional response to HIV and AIDS and COVID-19 pandemic. It will also review progress made in the implementation of the theme of the 40th SADC Summit; SADC: 40 Years Building Peace and Security, and Promoting Development and Resilience in the Face of Global Challenges, which was endorsed by the SADC Summit in August, 2020.
The Summit will also mark the regional commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of SADC with the launch of three publications by His Excellency Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique, in his capacity as the Chairperson of SADC. The publications to be launched are; 40 Years of SADC: Enhancing Regional Cooperation and Integration; Volume 2 of Mozambique SADC Success Stories; and the Hashim Mbita (Southern African Liberation Struggles).
“The Republic of Mozambique and several SADC Member States have declared days of national mourning in honour of the late first President of the Republic of Zambia H.E Dr Kenneth David Buchizya Kaunda who played a pivotal role in the formation of the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), the forerunner to SADC and in this regard, the SADC flag, and those of SADC Member States shall be flown at half-mast during the Extraordinary Summit and preceding meetings,” the statement said.
The Summit of Heads of State and Government is the supreme policy-making institution of SADC with the responsibility for the overall policy direction and control of functions of the community in accordance with Article 10 of the SADC Treaty.
Meetings of the SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials and the SADC Council of Ministers will precede the Summit.
The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Summit will be broadcast live by Televisão de Moçambique (TVM) the national public broadcaster of Mozambique.