Zuma coming to Zambia Thursday

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma will attend the SADC Troika Summit in Zambia, the department of international relations and co-operation said.

The summit on March 31 is aimed at consolidating the African agenda, deepening regional integration efforts and strengthening regional SADC governance structures, department spokesman Clayson Monyela said.

Zuma was elected last year as the incoming chairman of the Organ for Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation for 2011. South Africa would assume the position in August.

“Its role as a member of the Troika will include to collectively lead SADC in implementing its peace and security agenda and to give policy direction in between the summits,” Monyela said.

The summit would be preceded by the ministerial committee of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation (MCO) on March 29.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane would lead a delegation during the MCO’s debates.

South Africa, together with the other member states of SADC, established the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security in June 1996 as a forum in which political issues in the region could be discussed and resolved.

A draft organ protocol was drawn up and adopted on August 14 2002, with the aim to achieve solidarity, peace and security within the SADC region.

Times Online

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