Video-conferencing for SADC meeting
The ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade says the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) council of ministers meeting scheduled for Wednesday will now be held via video-conference.
This follows the decision by the SADC Ministers of Health meeting held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the 9th of this month for a temporary suspension of all SADC face-to-face meetings in the context of the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The SADC ministers of health recommended the use of modern technology such as video-conferencing, Skype, and webinars in order to reduce exposure to and spread of the virus, while at the same time continuing with the critical work of the SADC region. The SADC Council of ministers meeting was initially scheduled to take place from 11 to 17 March, 2020 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The meeting will consider among other issues, recommendations from the committee of ministers of health extraordinary meeting in relation to Covid-19; commemoration of SADC 40th anniversary and estimates of expenditure and budget for 2020/21.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministe Dr Sibusiso Moyo will be attending the meeting at the Rainbow Towers in Harare together with Finance and Economic Development, Minister Mthuli Ncube; Industry and Commerce, minister Sekai Nzenza; and Environment, Tourism, Climate and Hospitality Industry minister Mangaliso Ndlovu.