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SADC Land Ministers conference: speeches and communiqué
27 March 2008


  1. Welcome address by the Minister for Agriculture and Land Affairs, Hon Lulu Xingwana (MP) at the meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers responsible for Land Affairs (Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa)

      Good morning to everybody and a warm welcome to the Sandton Convention centre to South Africa to all the dignitaries who have come from all the 14 SADC Member states.

      You will recall that this gathering today was preceded by a preparatory meeting of senior officials of the SADC Secretariat and Ministries responsible for land and Land and Reform to prepare an agenda for this meeting. Today as Ministers we will discuss progress made on the establishment of a Regional Land Reform Facility.

  2. Opening statement by Dr João Samuel Caholo Deputy Executive Secretary, Southern African Development Community (SADC), Secretariat at the SADC meeting of Ministers Responsible for Land Affairs

      On behalf of the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Dr Tomáz Augusto Salomão and indeed on my own behalf, it is an honour and a privilege to address you at this SADC meeting of Ministers responsible for land affairs. This is the first meeting of Ministers of lands since SADC embarked on restructuring of its institutions and programmes in 2001. Considering the current issues on land reform, the meeting is timely and relevant as it will allow Honourable Ministers from our member states to share information and experiences and chart the way forward for this region.

  3. Opening speech by Hon Bradford M Machila, Minister of Lands (Zambia) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chair of Ministers Responsible for Land Affairs, delivered at the meeting of SADC Ministers Responsible for Land Affairs

      It is indeed a great honour and privilege for me this morning to deliver a statement, on behalf of my government Zambia, the current chair of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) at the opening of this important meeting of SADC Ministers responsible for Land Affairs. Allow me this morning to join the host Government, South Africa in welcoming you all to this very important meeting. We meet here to discuss land issues affecting our region and to reflect on the progress made in implementing in particular, the decision of 2004 Extra-ordinary summit on Agriculture and Food Security, of fast tracking the establishment of the SADC Land Reform Support Facility.

  4. Communiqué on meeting of Southern African Development Community (SADC) ministers responsible for Land Affairs, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

      The meeting of the SADC Ministers Responsible for Lands was held at Sandton Convention centre in Johannesburg, South Africa on 27 March 2008. The meeting was chaired by Honourable Bradford Machila, the Minister of Lands of the Government of Zambia and Chairperson of SADC Ministers. This meeting was preceded by a meeting of senior officials from 25 to 26 March 2008.

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