The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will hold the 41st Ordinary
Summit of Heads of State and Government in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi on 17-18
August 2021 with a limited number so as to observe COVID-19 protocols. The Opening
and Closing ceremonies of the 41st SADC Summit will be broadcast live by Malawi
Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC) TV and accessible on DSTV Channel 295. The summit
will be preceded by a Council of Ministers meeting that will be held in hybrid format
whereby limited number of delegates will attend physically, while others will attend
through virtual platforms.
The Summit will be held under the theme “Bolstering Productive Capacities in the Face
of COVID-19 Pandemic for Inclusive, Sustainable, Economic and Industrial
Transformation”. The Theme seeks to accelerate the implementation of the SADC
Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020–2030, in particular, the
Industrialisation and Market Integration pillar.
During the 41st Summit, His Excellency Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the
Republic of Malawi will take over the chairpersonship of SADC from His Excellency Filipe
Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique who assumed the
chairpersonship of SADC on 17th August, 2020 during the 40th SADC Summit.
The Summit will take stock of progress made in promoting and deepening Regional
Integration in line with SADC’s aspirations as espoused in the RISDP 2020–2030 and
Vision 2050, which envisage a peaceful, inclusive, competitive, middle- to high-income
industrialised Region where all citizens enjoy sustainable economic well-being, justice,
Among the key highlights of the 41st SADC Summit, the Executive Secretary of SADC
Her Excellency Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax will bid farewell to the SADC Heads of
State and Government after serving for 8 years and a new SADC Executive Secretary
will be sworn in. Coincidentally, Dr Tax was sworn in as the SADC Executive Secretary
at the 33rd SADC Summit which Malawi last hosted in Lilongwe in August, 2013.
The 41st SADC Summit will be preceded by the following meetings and events
12 August, 2021: SADC Public Lecture under the theme: Promoting Digitalisation
for Revival of SADC Industrialisation Agenda in the COVID era
9-11 August, 2021: Meeting of Standing Committee of Senior Officials and Finance
• 13-14 August, 2021: Meeting of SADC Council of Ministers
• 16 August, 2021: SADC Organ Troika Summit