Zuma to attend SADC summit in Botswana

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will lead a delegation to the ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit to be held in Gaborone, Botswana this week.

South Africa will give a report on the work done by the organ on politics, defence and security co-operation, which it chairs, international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement.

The organ maintained peace, stability and security in the SADC regions.

"In the past year, SADC has supported mediation, peacekeeping, peace building, post-conflict reconstruction and development efforts in response to the political and security challenges in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Madagascar," Monyela said.

Zuma was being accompanied to the summit by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, State Security Minister David Mahlobo and Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas.

During the two-day meeting starting on Monday,  it is expected that focus will be on the implementation of the regional industrialisation strategy which was approved in April at the extra-ordinary SADC summit held in Zimbabwe.

"The summit is also expected to review progress towards achieving the objectives outlined in the revised regional indicative strategic development plan (RISDP) 2015 – 2020," Monyela said.

The RISDP is a blueprint for the SADC programme of action on achieving regional economic development and will guide the implementation of SADC programmes over the next five years.

Focus would particularly be on industrial development and market integration, infrastructure in support of regional integration and peace and security co-operation.

Earlier this week it was announced that Botswana was taking over from Zimbabwe as the new chair of SADC.

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