Council of Ministers
Constitution and Mandate
- The Council of Ministers consists of Ministers of Finance and Trade from each Member State.
- The mandate of the SACU Council of Ministers is contained in Article 8 0f the 2002 SACU Agreement.
- It is the supreme decision making authority of SACU matters.
The SACU Council of Ministers is the supreme decision making authority on all SACU matters. It consists of at least one Minister from each Member State and is responsible for the overall policy direction and functioning of SACU institutions, including the formulation of policy mandates, procedures and guidelines for these Institutions. Amongst others, the Council shall appoint an Executive Secretary of SACU, and the members of the SACU Tariff Board. The Council of Ministers in addition approves the budget of the Secretariat, the Tariff Board and the Tribunal.
The Council has to oversee the implementation of the policies of SACU and approves customs tariffs, rebates, refunds or drawbacks and trade related remedies, upon recommendation from the Tariff Board. The Council also has the authority to create additional Technical Liaison Committees and other additional Institutions and to determine and alter their terms of reference. The Chair of the Council is held in turn by each Member State for a period of twelve months in the order to be decided by the Council.
The Chairperson of the SACU Council of Ministers
The current Chairman of the SACU Council of Ministers is the Honourable Pravin Gordhan , Minister of Finance, South Africa since February 2016 .
The SACU Rules of Procedure make provision for the Chairmanship of Council to be held in turn by each Member State in alphabetical order (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland) for a period of twelve (12) calendar months, commencing on the 15th July of a given year.
The 15th July is the day in which the SACU Agreement, 2002 entered into force.
The Chairmanship of SACU since the signing of the SACU Agreement, 2002 which came into force on the 15th July 2004 is as outlined below:
|15 July 2016||Swaziland||Mr Martin G Dlamini|
|February 2016||South Africa||Mr Pravin Gordhan|
|July 2015||South Africa||Mr Nhlanhla Nene|
|March 2015||Namibia||Mr Calle Schlettwein|
|July 2012||Botswana||Mr Ontefetse K. Matambo|
|July 2011||Swaziland||Mr Majozi Sithole|
|July 2010||South Africa||Mr Pravin Gordhan|
|July 2009||Namibia||Ms Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila|
|July 2008||Lesotho||Dr Timothy Thahane|
|July 2007||Botswana||Mr Baledzi Gaolathe|
|July 2006||Swaziland||Mr Majozi Sithole|
|July 2005||South Africa||Mr Trevor Manuel|
|July 2004||Namibia||Ms Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila|