President Hage G. Geingob to Participate in 40th Ordinary SADC Summit (Virtual) on 17 August 2020
The President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage G. Geingob will participate in the 40th Ordinary Summit of SADC, convening under the theme: “40 Years Building Peace and Security, and Promoting Development and Resilience in the Face of Global Challenges”. During the Summit, the outgoing Chairperson, President John Magufuli of the United Republic of Tanzania, in the position since August 2019, will hand over the role of Chairperson to the host of the 40th Summit, President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of the Republic of Mozambique.
In view of the challenges posed by the COVID 19 Pandemic, the Summit will be conducted virtually with a reduced agenda. The 40th Ordinary Summit tomorrow will focus on the hand-over ceremony of the SADC Chairperson, and other critical institutional matters.
President Geingob served as Chair of SADC in 2018-2019, a period during which significant progress had been made in consolidating peace and democracy in the DRC, with elections held in December 2018, and a new President Felix Tshisekedi inaugurated on 24 January 2019. Moreover, stability returned to Madagascar with elections held and a new President inaugurated on 19 January 2019. On 6 August 2019, President Geingob served as a witness to the historic Maputo Peace Accord, signalling an end of hostilities between the Frelimo led Government under President Filipe Nyusi and the RENAMO opposition. President Geingob also used the position of Chair to encourage President Azali Assoumani of the Union of the Comoros to hold peaceful elections in March 2019, and ensure stability in the country.
Ahead of the 40th Ordinary Summit, to be held virtually, President Geingob says:
“COVID-19 has significantly transformed the way we govern, do business and conduct diplomacy and the virtual Summit is ample testimony. I have often repeated that the health of our people remains the biggest priority and we should proceed as SADC in a manner that minimizes the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 for citizens in the region. Therefore, the 40th Summit provides an opportunity for member states to work on resilient processes, systems and institutons to contain shared and formidable challenges related to COVID-19. I am confident that we will continue to develop common solutions, cooperate and work closely in a spirit of solidarity. However, as we focus on the immediate challenge of COVID-19, we should not lose sight of the strategic challenges of peace and security for the region. There is no sustainable development without peace.”
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Honorable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and several senior government officials will participate in the virtual summit alongside President Hage G. Geingob.