FINAL COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 32nd SUMMIT OF SADC HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE AUGUST 18, 2012

FINAL COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE 32nd  SUMMIT OF SADC HEADS OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE AUGUST 18, 2012

1. The 32nd Session of the Summit of  the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held in  Maputo, Republic of Mozambique on 17th and 18th  August 2012.

2. Summit elected H.E. Armando Emilio Guebuza, the President of the Republic of Mozambique and  H.E.President Joyce Banda of  the Republic of Malawi as  Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of SADC, respectively.

3. Summit also elected  H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba of the Republic Namibia as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, respectively.

4. Summit was attended by the following Heads of State and Government and or their representatives:

Botswana H.E. President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama

DRC  H.E. President Joseph Kabila Kabange

Lesotho Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane

Malawi  H.E. President Joyce Banda

Mozambique H.E. President Armando Emilio Guebuza

Namibia H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba

Seychelles H.E. President James Alix Michel

South Africa H.E. President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma

Swaziland  His Majesty King Mswati III

United Republic H.E. President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of Tanzania

Zambia H.E. President Michael Chilufya Sata

Zimbabwe H.E. President Robert Gabriel Mugabe

Angola H.E. Fernando da Piedade Dias Dos Santos, Vice President

Mauritius Hon. Arvin Boolell, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade

 

5. Summit was also attended by H.E. Joaquim Alberto Chissano, former President

of Mozambique, and SADC Mediator on the conflict in Madagascar.

6. In attendance were also the following:  Dr  Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma South

African Minister of Home Affairs and Incoming Chairperson of the African Union

Commission, (AUC), H.E.  Dr.  Donald Kaberuka,  President of the African

Development Bank (AfDB),Mr Sindiso Ndema Ngwenya, Secretary General of

the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) Amb. Dr. Richard

Sezibera, Secretary General and of the East African Community (EAC) and Dr.

Esau M. Chiviya, Secretary General of the SADC Parliamentary Forum.

 

7. H.E. President  Guebuza,  SADC Chairperson and host of the 32nd Summit welcomed the SADC Heads of State and Government and other delegates to the Republic of Mozambique. In his speech, President Guebuza paid tribute to the outgoing Chairperson for having provided good leadership to the  Region.  He indicated that his hairpersonship shall, amongst others, focus on the Development Corridors as Vehicles for SADC Regional Integration that need to be harnessed due to the role  they play  in consolidating social dimensions of development and the regional integration process.

8. Addressing the official opening ceremony of Summit through his Vice President,

H.E. Fernando de Piedade Dias Dos Santos, Outgoing SADC Chairperson, H.E.

President  Jose Eduardo  dos Santos of the Republic of Angola, thanked  the

Heads of State and Government, the entire Region,  and  International

Cooperating Partners  (ICPs)  for supporting him during his chairpersonship.  In

handing over the chairpersonship to Mozambique, President dos Santos pledged

his support and urged  all the  Member States to render Mozambique their

undivided support as they did to Angola during his tenure of office.

9. In his acceptance statement,  the  new SADC Chairperson and  host of the  32

nd

Ordinary SADC Summit, H.E. President Guebuza said that Mozambique accepts

the chairpersonship of SADC with immense humility and shall continue to count

on all SADC Member States to assist in  his endeavour to move the  Region

forward

10. The Summit also received maiden Statements from three new leaders of three

SADC Member States as follows:

10.1 Rt. Hon. Thomas Motsoahae Thabane, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho

paid tribute to the regional body for promoting democracy and underscored the

importance of deepening regional integration and alleviation of poverty within the

framework of the Regional Strategic Indicative Development Plan.

10.2 H.E Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi shared with the Summit

the progress Malawi has made in stabililsing the economic situation and that she 3

looked forward to the expeditious implementation of the SADC Infrastructure

Master Plan.

10.3 H.E. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia re-affirmed the

need to strengthen peace, stability and democracy in the  region as well as

Zambia’s commitment to the SADC Agenda.

10.4 Summit was also addressed by H.E.  Dr. Dlamini-Zuma,  who attended the

Summit for the first time in her capacity as the  Incoming  Chairperson of the

African Union Commission (AUC). Dr. Dlamini–Zuma thanked the SADC leaders

for supporting her candidature  to the AUC  chairpersonship  and undertook to

serve the African Continent with all due diligence and expressed her commitment

to work with the whole continent and all the Regional Economic Communities of

African to address the daunting challenges that face the continent in the

improvement of the quality of lives of its people.

10.5 Summit was further addressed by H.E. Donald Kaberuka,  President of the

African Development Bank (AfDB).  He informed the Summit that there were

liquidity challenges at the global level  arising from the  Eurozone crisis and

challenged Member States to mobilise resources for investment  in  projects for

Africa and particularly for the SADC Region.

11. Summit received the Report of the Outgoing Chairperson of SADC, H.E.

President  Jose Eduardo  dos Santos of Angola, outlining activities carried out

during his tenure on the political and economic situation in the Region, which

included investment promotion, resource mobilisation and AU Commission

elections.

12. Summit thanked H.E.  José Eduardo  dos Santos for his special efforts in

promoting investment, mobilising resources for the Region and elevating visibility

and profile of SADC and directed the Secretariat to develop an  Action Plan to

follow-up on the recommendations in the Outgoing Chairperson’s Report.

13. Summit also received the Report of the Outgoing Chairperson of the SADC

Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation,  H.E. Jacob G. Zuma,

President of the Republic of South Africa. Summit noted that  the Region

remained peaceful and stable with the exception of political and security

challenges  in two Member States, namely,  the  Democratic Republic of Congo

and Madagascar.

13.1 On DRC,  Summit noted with great concern that  the security situation in the

Eastern  part of  DRC has deteriorated in the last  three (3) months, causing

displacement of people and loss of lives and property. Summit  also  noted that

this is being perpetrated by rebel groups with assistance of Rwanda, and urged

the latter to cease immediately its interference that constitutes a threat to peace

and stability, not only of the DRC, but also of the SADC Region.4

This situation has called for renewed and urgent attention by the Summit which

fielded an Assessment Mission to the DRC. Summit endorsed a Report of the

Mission which recommended appropriate action to address the security situation

in the Eastern part of DRC.  Summit further mandated the Chairperson of SADC

to undertake a mission to Rwanda to engage the Government of Rwanda with

the aim of urging Rwanda to stop military support to armed rebels in the DRC,

the so-called M23. Summit  also urged  Member States and the international

Community to provide humanitarian relief to the displaced people in the Eastern

part of DRC.

13.2 Summit directed the SADC Secretariat to collaborate with the International

Conference of the Great Lakes Region Secretariat in pursuit of peace and

security in the Eastern DRC.

13.3 On Madagascar, Summit reiterated its previous decision taken during the Luanda

Summit in August 2011 and mandated the SADC Mediator in coordination with

the Organ Troika to intensify the dialogue with the main Malagasy political

stakeholders to implement the Road Map in full and urgently take the necessary

measures to ensure a full and urgent implementation of the Road Map as well as

to creating a favourable environment for free, fair and credible elections.

13.4 On Zimbabwe, Summit adopted the Report of the SADC Facilitator in Zimbabwe,

H.E. Jacob Zuma, the President of the Republic of South Africa.  Summit noted

the progress in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) and

urged the stakeholders to work together in particular, on the Constitution Making

Process in Zimbabwe which is about to be concluded.

13.5 Summit urged signatories to the GPA to develop a Roadmap with timelines that

are guided by the requirements of the process necessary for adoption of the

constitution and the creation of conditions for free and fair elections to be held.

13.6 Summit resolved that if there are any difficulties with regard to the Constitution

and implementation of agreements, the Facilitator should be called upon to

engage with the parties and assist them resolve such issues, bearing in mind the

timeframes and the necessity to hold free and fair elections.

13.7 Summit urged the parties to the GPA to continue the implementation of the GPA.

13.8 Summit noted the partial  lifting of sanctions against Zimbabwe and urged the

European Union and the rest of the international community to  lift all the

sanctions unconditionally.

13.9 Summit commended H.E. President Zuma and his team for the progress made

towards normalising the Zimbabwe situation.

13.10 On consolidation of democracy and good governance in the Region, Summit 5

noted that SADC Member States continue to adhere to the Principles Governing

Democratic Elections by holding regular elections such as elections in the

Republics of Zambia and Seychelles, the DRC and the Kingdom of Lesotho.

13.11 Summit commended the Governments and peoples of these Member States for

the peaceful manner in which they conducted their elections.

13.12 Summit also commended the President of South Africa, H.E. Jacob G Zuma and

Outgoing Chairperson  of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security

Cooperation,  the Chairperson of SADC, H.E. Emilio Armando Guebuza,

President of the Republic Mozambique, H.E. Michael Chilufya Sata, President of

the Republic of  Zambia, H.E.  Jakaya Mrisho  Kikwete,  President of the United

Republic of Tanzania, SADC Executive Secretary, Dr. Tomaz Augusto Salomão,

for the  support rendered  to Malawi for the  smooth and peaceful transition of

power in Malawi, following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

14. Summit noted that the economic performance of the  Region was characterized

by a slow economic growth as shown by a decline in real GDP from 5.5% in 2010

to 4.7%, in 2011 and a stagnant level of average inflation at 8.3%.  This trend

was largely influenced by developments in the global markets especially in the

Eurozone.

15. Summit  reviewed  progress in  the implementation of the  regional  economic

integration agenda.  In this regard, Summit received a report on the framework of

the SADC Customs Union from the Ministerial Task Force on Regional Economic

Integration  outlining key elements for the Customs Union, in particular the

parameters, benchmarks and a model Customs Union for SADC including the

sequencing of activities.    Summit also noted progress made towards the

establishment of the Tripartite Free Trade  Area, especially preparatory work to

facilitate negotiations under the chairpersonship of the SADC Region.

16. Summit also noted progress made towards the operationalization of the SADC

Regional Development Fund, a financial mechanism intended to mobilise

resources from Member States, Private Sector and Development Partners to

finance programmes and projects for regional development and deeper

integration. Summit noted areas of agreement reached in the various aspects of

the Fund including the windows of the Fund with the infrastructure and industrial

development windows as top priorities and a subscribed capital of US1,2 billion

to be raised as seed capital.  Summit directed Ministers responsible for Finance

and Investment to expeditiously address all outstanding issues in order for the

Fund to become operational as soon as possible.

17. Summit reviewed the status of implementation of infrastructure programmes in

the Region and  also  adopted the Regional  Infrastructure  Development  Master

Plan Vision 2027 for implementation over a 15 year period (2013 – 2027). 6

The Plan will serve as a key Strategic Framework to guide the implementation of

efficient, seamless and cost-effective trans-boundary infrastructure networks in

an integrated and coordinated manner in all the six sectors namely, Energy,

Transport, Tourism, ICT and Postal, Meteorology and Water.

18. Summit reviewed the regional food security situation, in particular cereal, noncereal and livestock production, and noted that the Region will experience an

overall  cereal deficit of 5.5 million tonnes largely due to poor rains. This will

therefore result in an increase in the number of people requiring humanitarian

assistance  in terms of  food and non-food  assistance.   Summit thus urged

Member States to undertake appropriate measures to ensure sustainable food

security in line with the Dar es Salaam Declaration on Agriculture and Food

Security. In the short term, Member States are encouraged to provide the

necessary humanitarian assistance.

19. Summit noted the successful outcome of the United Nations Framework

Convention on Climate Change  Conference of Parties 17 (UNFCCC COP 17)

and Kyoto Protocol  (COP/MOP7) held in Durban, South Africa in

November/December 2011. SADC Member States supported and successfully

championed the African common position towards COP17 which proved to be a

significant step in producing a favourable outcome for Africa. Summit noted that

the Green Climate Fund was established in Durban and SADC Member States

pledged their full support to Namibia in her bid to host the  Secretariat of the

Green Fund.

20. Summit noted progress in the implementation of the Maseru Declaration of 2003

on combating HIV and AIDS, in particular, the  reduction of new infections

including the Prevention of Mother to child Transmission; decline in AIDS related

deaths and positive behavioural change for HIV prevention among the youth.

21. Summit urged Member States to fully support the implementation of  on-going

regional  programmes including the SADC HIV and AIDS cross-border initiative

for providing preventive, care and treatment services at major cross border

points.

22. Summit commended Malawi for  the ascendance to the presidency, of the first

woman in the SADC Region and commended the Member States that have

achieved high women representation in political and decision making positions

and urged Member States that have not yet achieved the set target for equal

representation  to take appropriate measures to do so. Summit also urged

Member States to consider adoption of appropriate measures including

legislation, policy, and reform of the electoral systems to facilitate the

achievement of gender parity goal

23. Summit agreed to embark on a process of developing a long term vision for 7

SADC taking into account the Vision Statement articulated in the Treaty and in

the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan.

24. Summit considered the Report of the Committee of Ministers of Justice/Attorneys

General and the observations by the Council of Ministers and resolved that a

new Protocol on the Tribunal should be negotiated and that its mandate should

be confined to interpretation of the SADC Treaty and Protocols relating to

disputes between Member States

25. Summit approved and signed the following three legal instruments:

 Agreement on Assistance in Tax Matters

 Protocol on Trade in Services

 Declaration on TB in the Mining Sector

26. Summit received a Declaration from the First Spouses, presented by

Mozambican First Lady, H.E. Maria da Luz Guebuza in which they committed

themselves to supporting SADC governments in all commitments on Prevention

of Mother to Child Prevention with the view to ZERO new HIV Infection, ZERO

Discriminations and ZERO HIV related deaths, because they believed that a

SADC HIV Free generation is possible an is a prerequisite to development and

regional integration.

27. Summit expressed its appreciation to the Government and people of

Mozambique for hosting the Summit and for the warm hospitality extended to all

the delegates. Summit also thanked all continental bodies that attended the

summit.

28. The Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation,

H.E. Jayaka Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania made

his acceptance statement and committed himself to ensure the implementation of

decisions of SADC policy structures to maintain peace and security in region.

29. Summit  was officially closed by  SADC Chairperson, H.E. President Armando

Emilio Guebuza of the Republic of Mozambique.

30. The Deputy Chairperson of Summit, H.E. Joyce Banda invited the Heads of State

and Government and all delegates to the next summit to be held in Malawi  in

2013.

August 18, 2012

Maputo, Mozambique

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