According to a statement issued by Foreign Affairs Ministry, the SADC Council of Ministers meeting will bring on board ministers of foreign affairs, industries, trade and investments, finance and permanent secretaries (Pss).
It further said that the meeting will be preceded by the meeting of Permanent Secretaries from March 11 to 14, 2019.
“The Council of Ministers oversees the functioning and development of SADC and ensures that policies and decisions are implemented,” the statement read in part.
The Council consists of ministers from each of the 16 member states; usually from the ministries responsible for foreign affairs and international relations, economic planning or finance, and meets twice a year in March, and August.
During the three days, the ministers will discuss issues of regional importance; consider a number of strategic documents and receive reports on the implementation of the priority areas of the revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan 2015-2020 (RISDP).
The Council will also review implementation of the 38th SADC Summit whose focus is on “Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”, the decisions from the last council, and approve the SADC Secretariat’s budget for the year 2019/2020.
It will also discuss plans to establish the SADC University of Transformation, report on the Comoros Islands request to join the community. It will also discuss the SADC’s regional communication strategy.
During the meeting, minister Kabudi will use the opportunity to emphasize on the importance for the member states to continue strengthening unity and cooperation to alleviate poverty and bring development in the countries and its people.