SADC leaders

African leaders sat for the 43rd Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit in Angola. Sourced from X via PresidencyZA

SADC regional bloc pushes for development of industries

As Pretoria prepares for BRICS, regional leaders discuss their hopes for more development of industries and Zimbabwe’s elections.

SADC leaders

African leaders sat for the 43rd Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit in Angola. Sourced from X via PresidencyZA

Ahead of the BRICS summit on 22 August, South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, attended the 43rd Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, held in Angola on 17 August while the African regional bloc prepares for an upcoming election in Zimbabwe.

Southern Africa discusses security

Presidential spokesperson Vincent Magwenya said, “Ramaphosa, as the outgoing chairperson of the SADC Organ, will also attend the Troika Summit.

“The Organ Troika Summit will discuss the political and security situation in the region with particular focus on the Kingdom of Lesotho, Kingdom of Eswatini, Mozambique (SADC Mission in Mozambique) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). 

“The Organ Troika Summit will also reflect on consolidation of democracy in SADC and deliberate the socio-economic outlook for the Community,” Magwenya said.

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Leaders in attendance included member state representatives, discussing future progress and agreements in the manufacturing sector.

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On 16 August, the regional bloc said following security talks, Zambia’s former vice-president, Nevers Mumba, was elected to oversee the upcoming elections in Zimbabwe.

Mumba will serve as the head of mission for the SADC Electoral Observation Mission (SEOM).

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“To promote electoral integrity, electoral justice, good governance, peace, and stability in the SADC region, and to give effect to the commitment contained in the SADC principles and guidelines.

“The launch of the SEOM will be held on the 18 August 2023 and will include various election awareness activities for the electoral stakeholder to learn and appreciate the work of the SEOM,” the bloc said.

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All eyes on Angola for ‘industrialisation’

Commenting on the bloc’s relevance, chairperson (DRC) Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo said the summit discussions were intended to drive industrialisation for the region.

This, Tshilomobo said, would steer markets away from dependence on primary commodities and focus on high-value-added manufactured goods as set out in SADC’s development plan.

“I am delighted that the theme for the coming year… as proposed by the incoming SADC Chair, the Republic of Angola, will enable our region to continue to drive forward the industrialisation agenda by developing, mobilising and harnessing human and financial capital,” Tshilombo said.

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