President Ramkalawan to attend SADC Summit in Kinshasa |16 August 2022
President Wavel Ramkalawan leaves the country today to attend the 42nd Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government which will be held on August 17-18, 2022 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The Summit is being held under the theme: ‘Promoting industrialisation through agro-processing, mineral beneficiation, and regional value chains for inclusive and resilient economic growth’. During that summit an important decision will be the final procedures for the transformation of the SADC Parliamentary Forum into the SADC Parliament.
While in Kinshasa, the President will meet with members of the Seychellois community in that region. Members of the public with relatives in DRC are welcome to contact the President's Office through the office of the Chief Press Secretary or the Diaspora Unit at the Department of Foreign Affairs to receive details of the meeting.
The President is expected back in the country on Thursday August 18, 2022.
During President Ramkalawan’s absence, his duties and responsibilities will be discharged by Vice-President Ahmed Afif.
The SADC Summit is responsible for the overall policy direction and control of functions of the Community, ultimately making it the policy-making institution of SADC. The Ordinary SADC Summit is held every year and is attended by Heads of State and Government from the 16 SADC Member States namely, Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is also attended by heads of continental and regional bodies as observers.
Press release from the Office of the President