Final Communiqué of the SADC Extraordinary Summit of
the Heads of State and Government to consider the Regional, Economic and Political
1. The SADC Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government
was held on 23rd October 2006, at Midrand, South Africa. Summit exchanged views
on the scaling-up of the implementation of the regional economic integration,
notably the launching of the Free Trade Area (FTA) by 2008, the preparations for
the Customs Union by 2010 and SADC's position on the African Union Government.
The Extraordinary Summit was chaired by the Right Honourable Pakalitha Mosisili,
Chairperson of SADC and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho.
was attended by the following Heads of State and Government and representatives:
||H.E. President Festus Mogae|
Republic of Congo||H.E. Vice President Azarias
Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili |
President Marc Ravalomanana|
President Bingu wa Mutharika|
||H.E. President Armando Emilio Guebuza|
||The Rt Hon. Prime Minister Nahas Angula|
Africa ||H.E. President Thabo Mbeki|
Prime Minister Absalom Dlamini|
Republic of Tanzania||Hon. Prime Minister Edward
H.E. Rupiah Banda|
President Robert Mugabe|
Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Joao Bernardo de Miranda|
of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Cooperation, Hon. Madan M Dulloo|
The Extraordinary Summit was agreed upon at the Ordinary SADC Summit in August
2006, held in Maseru, the Kingdom of Lesotho. Its purpose was to review the status
of regional economic integration and to propose measures to accelerate the implementation
of the SADC economic integration agenda, especially the Free Trade Area to be
attained in 2008 and a Customs Union in 2010.
4. Summit established a Task
Force comprising the Ministers responsible for Finance, Investment and Economic
Development, Trade and Industry and the SADC Secretariat to review and propose
a roadmap to reach the agreed milestones for the implementation of the SADC integration
5. The Extraordinary Summit considered the report and recommendations
from the Task Force, and in particular the following aspects:
of regional integration
- Fee Trade Area;
- Preparation for a Customs
- Macro economic convergence
- SADC Development Fund and
framework and support to implement the SADC regional economic integration agenda.
Summit noted progress made in the attainment of an FTA and concluded that the
SADC Free Trade Area programme is on course and that it will be launched as planned
by 2008. However, Summit noted that SADC's trade patterns consist mainly of commodities
and that there is need to diversify the SADC economies and increase intra-regional
trade and growth. In addition, Summit noted that the establishment of the FTA
should take cognisance of developmental integration elements such as infrastructure,
poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
7. Summit reaffirmed its
commitment to the establishment of a SADC Customs Union by 2010 and directed the
Ministerial Task Force to undertake and finalise a study, which will evaluate
an appropriate model for a SADC Customs Union. In this regard, Summit directed
that a road map be developed to facilitate the implementation of the SADC Customs
8. Summit recognised the need for complementary instruments
and policies to support regional economic integration for achieving high and sustainable
economic growth and development in order to eradicate poverty. Summit urged Member
States to formulate policies to forge convergence of SADC economies.
Summit reaffirmed the need to ensure that the process of deepening integration
in SADC should always observe the principle of Member States equity, balanced
development and mutual benefit.
10. Summit reaffirmed its commitment to
regional economic development and in this regard, underlined the need to mobilise
resources in order to address issues of infrastructure, food security and other
supply side challenges within the SADC region. Summit noted that it is through
the development of supportive infrastructure that the regional trade potential
can be harnessed to the benefit of the people of the region. Summit therefore
reiterated that the establishment of a Development Fund should be fast tracked.
Summit underlined the need to strengthen the SADC Secretariat in order to effectively
lead and coordinate the implementation of the SADC integration programmes. In
this respect, Summit directed that the Secretariat resources be increased and
aligned with the SADC priority programmes, which seek to scale up the implementation
of regional economic agenda.
12. Madagascar's tariff phase down offer was
accepted and Summit affirmed their support for Madagascar and noted that Madagascar
is expected to deposit its instrument of implementation by mid-November 2006.
Summit noted the successful conclusion of elections in the Republic of Zambia
and congratulated the Government and the People of Zambia on outcome of the elections
which were in line with the SADC guidelines on elections.
14. Summit also
expressed satisfaction with the manner with which the people and Government of
Democratic Republic of Congo conducted themselves during the first round of the
Presidential and Parliamentary elections. Summit called for the same political
maturity to be maintained during the second round of Presidential elections.
Summit took note of the report of the Chairperson of the Ministerial Committee
of the Organ on the African Union Government.
16. Summit noted the study
on the African Union Government towards the United States of Africa and agreed
that the effective establishment of the Union Government will occur when the African
Continent attains higher levels of both economic and political integration.
Summit expressed its appreciation to the Government and people of South Africa
for the warm hospitality and the excellent arrangements made at short notice for
Midrand, Republic of South Africa