SADC ministers to meet in DRC

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pretoria - The brunt of the global economic crisis in southern Africa is expected to take centre stage as the region's ministers meet in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this week.

International Relations and Cooperation Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim will represent SA at the two-day SADC council meeting which starts on Thursday.

"South Africa will participate in the SADC Council of Ministers' meeting within the context of strengthening SADC which remains the primary vehicle to achieve regional development and integration," the department said in a statement.

SADC, as one of the regional economic communities on the continent, is regarded as a building block in the consolidation of the African agenda and wider continental integration.

Other matters expected to be under discussion include the political situation in the region, food security situation, the establishment of the Centre for Co-ordination of Agricultural Research and Development and the Zambezi Watercourse Commission.

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