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The 8th Southern Africa Customs Union (SACU) Heads of State and Government Summit will be held
in the Kingdom of Eswatini on Thursday, and President Cyril Ramaphosa will be there.
The Minister of Trade, Industry, and Competition, Ebrahim Patel; the Minister of Agriculture, Land
Reform, and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza; the Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana; and the
Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service, Edward Kieswetter will all be in the group led
by the President.
The president was invited to the summit as a working visitor by His Majesty King Mswati III, the
current SACU chair, and the iNgwenyama of the Kingdom of Eswatini.
The Council of Ministers will convene on June 27–28, 2023, and the 8th SACU Heads of State and
Government Summit will follow.
According to the Presidency, the Council of Ministers meeting will reflect and update on the status
of the implementation of the SACU Strategic Plan 2022 – 2027, of which the Heads of State and
Government will provide political and strategic guidance.
“The SACU Strategic Plan 2022- 2027 – which will be in its first year of review since being adopted at
the 7th SACU Heads of State and Government Summit – is centered on six pillars, namely
Industrialisation, Export and Investment Promotion, Trade Facilitation and Logistics, Implementation
and Leveraging of The AFCFTA Opportunities, Trade Relations/Unified Engagement with Third
Parties, Finance and Resource Mobilisation and Effectiveness of SACU Institutions,” the Presidency
Established in 1910, SACU is the oldest Customs Union in the world and has since its agreed new
dispensation by its five members states (Eswatini, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa) in
2002 assumed the status of an international organization, which facilitates compliance with the
World Trade Organisation treaty in pursuit of its goal of regional economic integration.