The SADC-EU Ministerial Political Dialogue was held in Maputo, Mozambique on 20 March 2013. The meeting marked 19 years since the commencement ofthe SADC-EU Dialogue. It was preceded by a preparatory Senior Officials' Meeting held on 15 February in Gaborone, Botswana. The meeting was attended by His Excellency Oldemiro Baloi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique, the Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers and Honourable Bernard K. Membe, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania, Chairperson of the SADC Ministerial Committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, accompanied by Senior Officials of the SADC Double Troika Member States (Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania) and the SADC Secretariat. The EU delegation consisted of His Excellency Joe Costello, TD, Minister of Trade and Development of Ireland representing the EU Presidency and Senior Officials from the European Union External Action Service (EEAS), the European Commission (EC) and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The Political Dialogue was opened by His Excellency Oldemiro Baloi and His Excellency Joe Costello, who highlighted the importance of the Dialogue in building a common understanding and reinforcing cooperation between the two regions.
Read the official Communique from this event.