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    24 Nov, 2017

    SADC Congratulates His Excellency Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, President of the Republic of Zimbabwe

    The Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) congratulates His Excellency, Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, on his swearing in as President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. SADC looks forward to continuing our strong working relationship with the Government of Zimbabwe under the leadership of President Mnangagwa.

    Zimbabweans have placed their trust in President Mnangagwa and are looking forward to his leadership in upholding the tenets of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, in which they have committed themselves to building “a united, just and prosperous nation, founded on values of transparency, equality, freedom, fairness, honesty and the dignity of hard work.”

    Today’s inauguration is significant for the people of Zimbabwe. SADC welcomes the reassuring message President Mnangagwa delivered to Zimbabweans on his arrival in Zimbabwe on 22nd November 2017, in which he promised to lead the nation into a "new and unfolding democracy", underscoring the need for unity among all Zimbabweans in growing the economy and ensuring peace and prosperity in their country.

    The Republic of Zimbabwe has been very instrumental in steering SADC’s regional cooperation, development and integration agenda, and in 2015, during the tenure of former Zimbabwe president, His Excellency President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, as Chair of SADC, the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap (2015-2063) was developed and adopted. We look forward to Zimbabwe, under the leadership of President Mnangagwa, to continue driving forward technological and socio-economic transformation of SADC economies, through Industrialization, which remains a key priority to SADC.

    As the President embarks on new responsibilities, and faces the challenges that lie ahead, the SADC Secretariat wishes to assure the President of the unflinching commitment to work with; and serve the President, his Government and the people of Zimbabwe. We welcome His Excellency President Mnangagwa, and we look forward to His Excellency’s contributions in promoting regional co-operation, and SADC development and integration agenda.

    H. E. Stergomena Lawrence Tax the Executive Secretary of SADC

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