SADC Summit: The Key Outcomes
The Outgoing SADC Chairperson, HE President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, commended SADC Heads of State and Government, the entire region, and international co-operating partners for the support rendered to him during his tenure as Chairperson. President Guebuza pledged to support President Joyce Banda and appealed to all member states to accord Malawi their usual support as she assumes the responsibility of spearheading the SADC regional integration agenda.
The new SADC Chairperson, HE President Banda indicated that Malawi accepts the chairpersonship of SADC with humility, national pride and a sense of responsibility and shall continue to count on all SADC Member States for assistance to accelerate the implementation and realisation of the SADC regional integration agenda.
HE Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the AU Commission Chairperson commended SADC for the progress made in regional integration. She undertook to ensure AU support to SADC to realise peace and stability, economic and socio-political development in the region leading to the improvement of the quality of lives of the people of the region.
Summit commended HE President Guebuza for his efforts in promoting investment, mobilising resources for the region and raising the visibility and profile of SADC.
Summit received the report of the Outgoing Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation, HE Jakaya Kikwete, President of Tanzania. Summit noted that the region remained generally peaceful and stable.
On the DRC, Summit welcomed the deployment of the SADC Intervention Brigade to contain the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the eastern part of the country. Summit commended the signing of the Peace, Security and Co-operation Framework for the DRC and the Region in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 24 February 2013 and the adoption of by the UN Security Council of Resolution 2098 of 2013 which provides the mandate for the deployment of the Intervention Brigade in eastern DRC under the auspices of MONUSCO.
Summit commended the Kampala Talks between the Government of the DRC and M23 and noted that the talks have become protracted and that, at some point, a reasonable deadline should be considered.
Summit emphasised the need to hold an urgent joint Summit of SADC and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region. On Madagascar, Summit welcomed establishment of the Special Electoral Court of Madagascar which would pave the way for the holding of free, fair and credible elections in the country. Summit noted with satisfaction the positive developments unfolding in Madagascar, especially with regard to the decision of the newly formed Special Electoral Court to withdraw nine Presidential candidates from the presidential race. Out of the nine candidates, the three namely, Mr Andry Rajoelina, Mrs Lalao Ravalomanana and Mr Didier Ratsiraka are also included.
Summit commended HE Joaquim Chissano, Former President of Mozambique and SADC Mediator on Madagascar, as well as HE Ambassador R Lamambra, Commissioner for Peace and Security of the AU Commission, for their efforts to bring Madagascar back to constitutional normalcy.
On Zimbabwe, Summit noted with satisfaction the holding of free and peaceful harmonised elections on July 31, 2013. Summit commended the Government and people of Zimbabwe for the peaceful manner in which elections were conducted. Summit congratulated ZANU-PF and President Robert Mugabe for winning the harmonised elections. Summit reiterated its call for the lifting of all forms of sanctions hitherto imposed on Zimbabwe.
Summit commended HE President Jacob Zuma and his team for their sterling job in facilitating the successful completion of the Global Political Agreement.
Summit urged member states to scale-up the implementation of measures to increase agricultural production, reduce post-harvest losses and improve the overall food and nutrition security in line with Dar-es-Salaam Declaration on Agriculture and Food Security.
Summit noted progress in the implementation of the Maseru Declaration of 2003 on combating HIV and AIDS, in particular, the reduction of new infections and decline in AIDS related deaths. Summit urged member states to continue intensifying the mobilisation of domestic resources to ensure sustainable financing for scaling up HIV and AIDS interventions.
Summit noted progress on the status of women representation in political and decision making positions in SADC Member States. Summit further commended Member States that have achieved high representation of women in political and decision making positions, and urged those that have not yet reached the target to do so.
Summit urged Member States to participate fully in the 20th UNWTO General Assembly to be co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe in Livingstone and Victoria Falls during the last week of August, 2013.