Theme "Leveraging the AfCFTA for Post-Covid Economic Recovery in Southern Africa: The Role of SADC Parliamentary Forum and National Parliaments."


1. Introduction

The information contained in this document is meant to guide all delegates to the 49th SADC Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) Plenary Assembly which will be held virtually from 25th to 27th June, 2021.

The Parliament of Botswana is honoured to host the 49th Plenary Assembly of the SADC PF and would like to extend its warm welcome to all the delegates and officers.

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WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Tuesday 22 June 2021 – The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC PF) will hold its 49th Plenary Assembly Virtual Session on the role Parliaments can play in leveraging the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) from Friday, 25 to Sunday, 27 June 2021.

The Plenary Session, to be hosted virtually by the Parliament of Botswana, will be held under the theme: “Leveraging the AfCFTA for Post-Covid Economic Recovery in Southern Africa: The Role of SADC Parliamentary Forum and National Parliaments.” 

O Fórum Parlamentar da SADC (FP SADC) vem, por este meio, prestar a sua homenagem a Michel Mweza - intérprete de francês no Secretariado e prezado funcionário do quadro do Fórum - cujo repentino falecimento a todos trouxe comoção e tristeza.

Michel era animado de um carácter alegre e de uma personalidade revestida de cativante à vontade. Uma pessoa que de certo modo surgia como raio de luz emanando boa disposição, com a particular habilidade de incutir ânimo nos seus colegas e noutros funcionários. O seu trabalho era apreciado pela sua qualidade; o que é também certo é que as suas ideias eram brilhantes. Como cidadão da República Democrática do Congo Michel Mweza transmitia um sentimento de patriotismo que o fazia representar as cores do seu país dignamente, no estrangeiro e na Região da SADC

Le Forum parlementaire de la SADC salue la mémoire de Michel Mweza, traducteur-interprète du français au Secrétariat, qui était un membre du personnel du Forum apprécié de tous et dont le décès subit a laissé tout un chacun dans un état de consternation et de tristesse.

Michel était d'un naturel jovial, doté d'une personnalité à la fois forte et décontractée. C'était un rayon de lumière qui transmettait des vibrations positives et qui avait la capacité d'entraîner dans son sillage ses camarades de travail et les autres employés. Son travail ne suscitait que des éloges et ses idées étaient brillantes. Comme citoyen de la République démocratique du Congo, il était animé de sentiments patriotiques et portait haut les couleurs de son pays à l'étranger et dans toute la région de la SADC.

The SADC Parliamentary Forum would like to pay tribute to Michel Mweza, a French interpreter at the Secretariat - who was a valued staff member of the Forum and whose sudden demise has left everybody in shock and sorrow.

Michel was a cheerful character with a strong but easy-going personality. He was a ray of light that beamed positive vibes and had the ability to be a mood changer for his co-workers and other staff. His work was commendable and his ideas were brilliant. As a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo, he exuded a sense of patriotism and honourably represented the colours of his country abroad and across the SADC region.

WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Thursday 17 June 2021 - The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum has learnt with a deep sense of shock and sadness about the passing on of Zambia's founding father and former President, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda.

Dr. Kaunda, who had been hospitalised recently due to ill health, was the first President of liberated Zambia and took the helm in 1964 after his country gained independence from Britain. He was Zambia's President for 27 years - from 1964 until 1991.

"We would like to thank him for his contribution in ensuring that the people of the region enjoy the freedoms that they have, he is one of the foremost people who paved the way for others to gain independence from the colonial regimes," said SADC PF Secretary General, Ms. Boemo Sekgoma.



WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Wednesday 09 June 2021 – The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) Members of Parliament will, on Thursday 10 June, hold a virtual oversight meeting on the social accountability and oversight of the health and agricultural sectors in Tanzania.

Tanzania oversight

WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Sunday 02 May 2021 - The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) standing committees are, this week, scheduled to hold virtual meetings on the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), interpreting international trade agreements and enhancing accountability on regional commitments.

Tomorrow, the Standing Committee on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) chaired by Hon. Anele Ndebele, from Zimbabwe, is scheduled to discuss ways in which they can make the AfCFTA work. TIFI members, joined by members of National Parliamentary committees dealing with trade, will discuss what the implementations of the AfCFTA mean for SADC Member States and SADC. The meeting is scheduled to start at 09:00.

On Tuesday, the TIFI Committee will meet again to enhance Members' knowledge on Reading and Interpreting International Trade Agreements. The Committee will again be joined by their counterparts from National Parliamentary Committee that deal with trade issues. The meeting starts at 09:00.

On Thursday and Friday, the Standing Committee on Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FARN) and the Regional Parliamentary Model Law Oversight Committee (RPMLOC) both chaired by Hon. Leon Tumba, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are scheduled to host a webinar on the status of SADC Protocols related to natural resources and climate governance and trends against global commitments and the role of Parliaments (periodic tracking of SADC Protocols). The two-day webinar, starting at 09:00, will discuss ways in which members can enhance regional accountability on regional commitments.

MEDIA ACCESS : Meetings of the SADC-PF are open to the media and journalists who are interested in covering them must send a request for login details to the SADC-PF Media Office on this email:


The meetings will also be broadcast on DSTV Channel 408 and live streamed on the SADC-PF platforms on the links below:





Enquiries: Modise Kabeli +27 81 715 9969

WINDHOEK-NAMIBIA, Sunday 11 April 2021 - The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum's (SADC-PF) Standing Committee on Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) has called on SADC countries to harmonise systems to reduce, amongst others, cross border trade costs and time spent at borders.

The TIFI Committee, chaired by Hon. Anele Ndebele, from Zimbabwe, met virtually today under the theme: " Enhancing Regional Economic Integration Through Infrastructure Development: A Case Of One Stop Border Post" to discuss ways in which regional economic integration, through infrastructure development - with special focus on one-stop border posts, can be enhanced.

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