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    10 Dec, 2021

    His Excellency Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi and Chairperson of SADC to visit the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana

    10th December 2021, Gaborone, Botswana - His Excellency Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi and current Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), will visit the SADC Secretariat Headquarters in Gaborone, Botswana on 13th December 2021.

    President Chakwera will arrive in Gaborone on 12th December 2021, for a working visit and will be received by the Minister of International Affairs and Cooperation Hon. Dr Lemogang Kwape on behalf of His Excellency Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, the President of the Republic of Botswana. On Tuesday, 14th December 2021, President Chakwera will pay a courtesy call on His Excellency President Masisi.

    President Chakwera became the Chairperson of SADC on 17th August 2021 during the 41st SADC Summit of Heads of States and Government that was held in Lilongwe, Malawi. As is customary, Chairpersons of SADC visit the SADC Secretariat Headquarters during their tenure to appreciate the work done by the Secretariat in facilitating the SADC regional integration agenda and to provide guidance on the Secretariat’s implementation of SADC Programmes.

    The SADC Chairperson will be appraised on the status of implementation of SADC Programmes, decisions, and the 41st SADC Summit theme, Bolstering Productive Capacities in the Face of COVID 19 Pandemic for Inclusive, Sustainable Economic and Industrial Transformations. The SADC Chairperson will also interact with the SADC Secretariat staff, provide guidance, and sign SADC legal instruments.

    The SADC Chairperson oversees the highest level of the governance structure of SADC, and among others, has the overall mandate of providing policy direction, and controlling the functions of SADC.

    Enquiries: Barbara Lopi, Head of Communications and Public Relations Unit, SADC Secretariat; email blopi@sadc.int, or telephone +267 3951863 or +2673641790 

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