SADC ministers meeting concludes in Luanda

  • Mon Mar 5th 2012

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has concluded its bi-annual Council of Ministers Meeting on Friday 2 March, hosted by the current SADC Chair, Angola, in the capital Luanda.

South Africa’s participation was lead by a delegation that included Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, along with other senior government officials.

During the meeting is was acknowledged that South Africa provided US$4 Million for airlifting and shipping of humanitarian aid contributions made by SADC countries to the people of Somalia.

Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said that the regional body aims is vital to South Africa’s foreign policy and that the country’s future is tied to the fate of the region.

“SADC continues to serve as the primary vehicle for the South African foreign policy in relation to regional development and integration within Southern Africa. South Africa’s future remains inextricably linked to the future of the African continent and that of its neighbours in Southern Africa.”

“SADC strives for balanced and equitable regional integration as a fundamental condition for sustainable development in the region and to free the people of the region from the scourges of unemployment, poverty and underdevelopment,” explained DIRCO.

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