President Félix Tshisekedi takes part in SADC Troika summit

Le Chef de l’Etat participant à la réunion extraordinaire de la SADC

Kinshasa, April 12th, 2022 (CPA).- The President of the Republic, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo took part, on Tuesday by videoconference, in the extraordinary meeting of the summit of the Troika of the Development Community of Southern African States ( SADC), extended to the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM).

During these meetings, the Heads of State and Government of SADC examined the activity report as well as the budget of SAMIM, it is indicated.

Four highlights marked the course of this meeting, namely the introductory speech and the reading of the final communiqué by SADC Executive Secretary, Elias Magosi; the opening speech by the President-in-Office, Lazarus Chakwera and the closing speech by the President of the Troika, the South African Cyrille Ramaphosa.

The Congolese Head of State was elected Vice-President of SADC, during the 41st summit organized on August 17, 2021, in Lilongwe (Malawi), and placed under the theme: « strengthening production capacities in the face of the COVID pandemic -19, with a view to carrying out inclusive and sustainable economic and industrial reforms”.

DRC chairs SADC in 2022

 He was expected to replace at the head of this sub-regional organization, after one year in office, Malawian President Lazarus Chakwera, during the holding of the 42nd summit scheduled for 2022, in Kinshasa.

In anticipation of these meetings, the President of the Republic had talks, Monday at the city of the AU, with the executive secretary of the SADC, Elias Magosi, who came to submit to him the roadmap of the mandate of the DRC to the head of this organization.

At the end of this Lilongwe summit, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Christophe Lutundula, declared that « the election of President Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo by his 15 peers from southern Africa to the presidency of the SADC, remains the greatest achievement which contributes to the strengthening of Congolese leadership at the international level”, it is recalled.

SADC has as member states, Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Malawi, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia , Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. ACP/