COVID-19 shakes Lilongwe’s planned 41th SADC Ordinary Summit 

COVID-19 shakes Lilongwe’s planned 41th SADC Ordinary Summit 

The 41th SADC Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government scheduled for Lilongwe, Malawi on 17-18 August 2021 will be limited to selected number of delegates due to COVID-19 protocols, officials said on Monday.

SADC announced in a statement that President of the Republic of Malawi Dr Lazarus Chakwera, will take over the chairpersonship of SADC from President of the Republic of Mozambique Mr Filipe Jacinto Nyusi. President Nyusi assumed the chairpersonship of SADC on the 17th August, 2020 during the 40th SADC Summit.

Running under the theme “Bolstering Productive Capacities in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic for Inclusive, Sustainable, Economic and Industrial Transformation”, the Summit will be broadcast live by Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) TV and accessible on DSTV Channel 295 from August 10 to 17.

“The Theme seeks to accelerate the implementation of the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020–2030, in particular, the Industrialisation and Market Integration pillar,”  reads a statement posted by the bloc on its website

The Summit will also take stock of progress made in promoting and deepening Regional Integration in line with SADC’s aspirations as espoused in the RISDP 2020–2030 and Vision 2050, which envisage a peaceful, inclusive, competitive, middle- to high-income industrialised Region where all citizens enjoy sustainable economic well-being, justice, and freedom.

During the Summit, the Executive Secretary of SADC Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax will bid farewell to the SADC Heads of State and Government after serving for 8 years and a new SADC Executive Secretary will be sworn in.

Coincidentally, Dr Tax was sworn in as the SADC Executive Secretary at the 33rd SADC Summit which Malawi last hosted in Lilongwe in August, 2013.

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