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31st May, 2013

At Luanda, Angola, May 29, 2013, is a historic day in the calendar of the Zambezi Watercourse Commission (ZAMCOM) following the successful event of constituting of the Council of Ministers and the designation of Zimbabwe to host the Commission’s headquarters, the permanent Secretariat. The meeting was held back to back with the meeting for SADC Ministers of Water.

 

It is also historical in that on this day Zambia, the only country that did not sign the ZAMCOM Agreement announced to the ZAMCOM Council of Ministers that it was ready to join the Commission, signed by the rest of the Zambezi Riparian States at Kasane, Botswana in 2004. It is also on the same day that the logo of ZAMCOM was officially launched at a graceful ceremony.

The ZAMCOM Structure has three governing organs, namely the Council of Ministers, the Zambezi Technical Committee (ZAMTEC) and the ZAMCOM Secretariat. The Zambezi Council of Ministers is the decision making body of ZAMCOM.

The much awaited ZAMCOM Council of Ministers meeting was attended by the majority of the eight riparian states that share the Zambezi river basin, i.e. Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, The United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  ZAMCOM Council elected Angola to serve as chair for one year, until the next annual ordinary session in 2014, whilst Botswana, should serve as vice-Chair, during this period accordingly.

In his remarks to the opening session of the first Zambezi Council of Ministers, Mr. Mohlahledi representing the SADC Executive Secretary Dr Tomaz Augusto Salomão, said this was a very memorable occasion as the make-up of the Zambezi Council of Ministers reaffirmed ZAMCOM’s commitment to the promotion and implementation of the main objective of SADC’s Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) of regional integration and cooperation.

In his Chairing acceptance remarks, Angola’s Minister of Energy and Water, Hon. Joao Baptista Borges said among the many decisions the Council was expected to take was around issues that affect the majority of the more than 40 million people of the river basin, particularly those in relation to climate change and variability adaptation.

The ZAMCOM Logo celebration was further heightened by the subsequent official launch the “Zambezi River Basin Atlas of the Changing Environment, the first of its kind in the Zambezi River Basin and in southern Africa,” recently published by the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC).

The Atlas presents a wide range of water resources and other natural resources in the Zambezi basin, and their significance, as well as socio-economic and cultural aspects. The document uses satellite images, high resolution photographs, illustrative text and graphics to illustrate various socio-economic issues in the Zambezi basin – a striking evidence that can be used as a basis for intervention at local, national, regional and basin levels.

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