Botswana is the next chair of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and will take over from Swaziland whose year-long tenure ends on July 15, APA learnt here on Tuesday.The decision was made at the recently ended 5th Summit of SACU Heads of State and Government where the leaders congratulated President Ian Khama on his election as new chairperson of the five-member customs union.
Botswana will chair the customs union until 14 July 2018 when a new chair is expected to take over.
The just-ended summit, which was held in Swaziland, considered, among other issues, the report of the SACU Council of Ministers on progress made on implementation of a roadmap to reinvigorate the customs union’s work programme that was endorsed by heads of state and government in November 2015 in Windhoek, Namibia.
SACU is the world’s oldest customs union and comprises Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland. It was formed in 1910.