SADC SecretariatOn 26th – 28th June the Embassy participated as an observer during the negotiations and the signing of the Development Cooperation Agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The SADC Secretariat delegation was led by the Executive Secretary Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax. In briefing the SADC Ambassadors accredited to the Federal Republic of Germany Dr. Tax informed that the objective of the two days meeting was to finalize and sign the SADC Cooperation Agreement with Germany. She further stated that the negotiations were guided by SADC priorities including the 2015/2020 Strategic Document, Strategic Document for the Organ, the SADC Industrialization Strategy, and Policy in Agriculture as well as The SADC Infrastructure Development Master Plan.

The SADC Group of Ambassadors informed the Executive Secretary that while executing their specific countries mandates, they have also been able to profile SADC as a group, including presentations to the German Private Sector, celebrating SADC Day with the focus to promote the SADC Industrialization Strategy, as well as promoting the region as a tourism destination package.

The Executive Secretary appreciated the work being done by the Group of Ambassadors and committed to assist where possible during their activities, including sending a representation to such activities. The SADC Group of Ambassadors welcomed this offer.