Starting Monday, Mozambique will host the 40th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
The Republic of Mozambique will host the virtual meetings as the incoming chair of the 16 Member regional economic bloc.
In view of the challenges posed by the covid-19 pandemic, the summit and preceding meetings will be conducted virtually. The reduced agenda will focus on the hand-over of the SADC Chairperson-ship, and critical institutional matters.
The SADC Summit is responsible for the overall policy direction and control of functions of the community, ultimately making it the policy-making institution of SADC. The SADC Summit is made up of all SADC Heads of States or Government and is managed on a Troika system that comprises the current SADC Chairperson, the incoming Chairperson and the immediate previous Chairperson.
The current SADC troika comprises of H.E Dr John Pombe Joseph Magufuli, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, as the Chairperson of SADC; his predecessor H.E Dr Hage G. Geingob, the President of the Republic of Namibia as the Outgoing Chairperson and H.E. Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, the President of the Republic of Mozambique as the Incoming Chairperson.
The troika for the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation comprises of H.E. President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa of the Republic of Zimbabwe as the Chairperson of the Organ; his predecessor H.E. President Edgar Chagwa Lungu of the Republic of Zambia as the Outgoing Chairperson of the Organ and H.E Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi the President of the Republic of Botswana as the Incoming Chairperson of the Organ.
The Republic of Mozambique last hosted the SADC Summit in 2012, under the Chairpersonship of former President Armando Emílio Guebuza. The Ordinary SADC Summit will be proceeded by the meeting of the SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials; the SADC Finance Committee; SADC Council of Ministers Meeting; as well as the Organ Troika Senior Officials, and Ministerial Council of the Organ Troika, and the and Troika Summit.