The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany held consultations on Development Cooperation on 19th and 20th February 2019 at the SADC Head Office in Gaborone, Botswana.
The SADC delegation was led by Dr. Thembinkosi Mhlongo, SADC Deputy Executive Secretary for Regional Integration, while the delegation of the Federal Republic of Germany was led by Mr. Steffen Weber, Policy Officer for SADC at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The meeting was also attended by the European Union Delegation in Gaborone and the High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Botswana, who were invited and participated as observers.
The consultations were co-officiated by the SADC Executive Secretary, Her Excellency Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, and the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Botswana, His Excellency Mr. Ralf Breth. In her Opening Remarks, Her Excellency Dr. Tax expressed gratitude to the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany for the continued support towards SADC regional integration and development agenda.
The purpose of the Consultations was to agree on areas of cooperation in preparation for the next Bilateral Negotiations between the SADC Secretariat and Germany to be held in November 2019. Both parties expressed their interest to continue working in the areas Regional Economic Integration and peace and security, Transboundary Water Management, Transboundary use and Protection of Natural Resources and Resilience to Climate Change and Strengthening National-Regional Linkages. The identified areas of cooperation are in line with SADC priorities outlined in the Revised RISDP 2015-2020 and the Revised SIPO 2015/2020.