Lilongwe, August 9: Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International
Cooperation, Dr Luckie Sikwese on Monday assumed Chairmanship of the Southern African
Development Community (SADC) Standing Committee of Senior Officials, taking over from Ambassador
Carlos Rodrigues Da Costa of Mozambique.
The handover ceremony took place during the Standing Committee of Senior Officials meeting, that took
place to prepare fully the works to be considered and adopted by the SADC Council of Ministers.
In his acceptance speech, Sikwese said he was glad for the opportunity accorded to Malawi to host the
SADC Summit amidst the several challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, and said Malawi will
do everything possible to facilitate the achievement of the SADC agendas.
“SADC is making great strides in many areas of regional economic cooperation and integration under the
frameworks of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-2030, and SADC’s
Vision 2050 that aims at having a peaceful, inclusive, competitive, middle to high income industrialized
region, where all citizens enjoy sustainable economic well-being, justice, and freedom by 2050.
“The Government of Malawi is, therefore, committed to work tirelessly with you all in the realization of the
goals and objectives of the RISDP 2020-30 and SADC Vision 2050, thereby translating the aspirations of
our fore fathers into realities,” he said.
Sikwese said he was hopeful the conclusions of the Standing Committee of Senior Officials meeting will
pave way for the implementation of important programmes and projects that will deepen the SADC
regional integration agenda and ultimately improve the wellbeing of citizens of SADC.
He also commended Da Costa for his performance in office and committed himself to be at the service
for the committee.
In his remarks, Da Costa, who is the Director for Regional and Continental Integration and SADC
National Contact Point for the Republic of Mozambique said he was thankful to have been accorded a
chance to lead the committee for the past year.
“I am also very thankful for the tremendous support rendered to me during my tenure in office. I would
urge you all to render the same support to the new chairman for the continued success of our
operations,” he said.