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21. August 2014


The theme of the 2014 Summit was: “SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation: Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Resources for Sustainable Economic and Social Development through Beneficiation and Value Addition”.

President Jacob Zuma led the South African delegation at the 34th Ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government, from 17 to 18 August 2014 at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is the new Chair of SADC, taking over from the Republic of Malawi during this SADC Summit.

During the summit, the SADC deliberate on, among others, socio-economic issues that affect the region. In addition, the SADC leaders also considered the report on the review of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP). The RISDP is a comprehensive development and implementation framework guiding the regional integration agenda of SADC over a period of 15 years.

SADC is also defining a new development blueprint that is expected to shape the region’s integration agenda until 2050. In this regard, the SADC Vision 2050 was also discussed. The SADC Vision 2050 aims to provide a framework for a long-term vision for SADC as the region seeks to position itself in a context of emerging global and continental issues.

President Zuma was accompanied by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry; David Mahlobo, Minister of State Security; and Nhlanhla Nene, Minister of Finance.

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