President Ian Khama has been appointed deputy chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
According to a statement from SADC, Khama was elected as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s deputy at the two-days 34th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government which was held at Victoria Falls at the weekend. SADC also decided the 35th summit will be held in Botswana next year August.
President Robert Mugabe took over from his Malawian counterpart, President Peter Mutharika. The Summit took place under the theme: “SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation: Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Resources for Sustainable Economic and Social Development through Value Addition and Beneficiation.”
The summit also elected Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, President of South Africa, and the Right Honourable Thomas Motsoahae Thabane, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho as Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation, respectively.
Meanwhile, the summit reviewed the regional food and nutrition security and noted increases in food production during the 2013-2014 growing season.
However, humanitarian assistance and malnutrition still remain a challenge.
The summit endorsed a Regional Food and Nutrition Security Strategy for 2015 to 2025 to ensure improved food availability, accessibility and utilisation in a more sustainable manner.