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    Swaziland ready to handover SADC chair to S/Africa – Official

    APA-Mbabane (Swaziland)

    Swaziland is ready to hand over the Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairmanship to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, an official said here on Friday.

    “During the handover in a week’s time, the King is expected to deliver critical issues that have been achieved by Swaziland and major issues that still need to be pursued,” director of the SADC issues in Swaziland’s Ministry of Economic Planning, Chazile Magongo, said in a statement on Friday.

    The handover is expected to take place during the 37th SADC Summit to be held in South Africa on August 19.

    According to the official, all preparations are underway for the smooth hand over of the rotating SADC chair from outgoing chairperson King Mswati III of Swaziland to Zuma.

    Magongo said Swaziland handled the position well since August 2016 and listed its successes such as ability to create awareness about SADC in the country as the nation was not fully aware about the operations of the regional body and how it benefitted the country.

    King Mswati III is expected to leave for South Africa on August 18 where he will go through what the senior officials and the ministers have discussed.

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