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Botswana assumes SACU chairmanship

President of the Republic of Botswana, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi


July 19, 2021 2 min read

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THE Republic of Botswana will assume the Chairmanship of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit, Council of Ministers and Commission, effective from July 15, 2021 – July 14, 2022.

Botswana takes over the chair from the Republic of South Africa, who held the position from July 14, 2020 – July 14, 2021.

According to a statement issued on July 15 by the regional body, the SACU Chairmanship rotates amongst the Member States for a period of 12 months, in alphabetical order. 

“The President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, will assume the role of the Chairperson of the SACU Summit, taking over from the President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa,” the statement says.

It adds that Botswana’s Minister of Finance, Peggy Serame, will assume the role of Chairperson of the SACU Council of Ministers, taking over from his SA counterpart, Tito Mboweni.


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“The Secretary for Economic and Financial Policy in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Botswana, Kelapile Ndobano takes over as the Chairman of the SACU Commission, from the Deputy-Director General - International Trade and Economic Development, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition of South Africa, Ambassador Xavier Carim.

“The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Finance of the Kingdom of Eswatini, Sizakele Dlamini, will be the Chairperson of the Finance and Audit Committee, taking over from the Secretary for Economic and Financial Policy in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development of Botswana, Kelapile Ndobano,” the statement further shows.

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