1.1 In line with Strategic Goal Number Seven (07), the Role of Parliament in National Development, the strategy to analyse and debate policies and legislation for national development, the 40th Plenary Assembly Session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum was convened in Harare, Zimbabwe from 03 to 15 November 2016 under the theme, "Statelessness in the SADC Region". Thirteen countries (13) countries were represented at the Plenary which included: Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
1.2 The delegation from Zimbabwe which was led by Hon. Advocate J.F. Mudenda, Speaker of the National Assembly, comprised the following Members ofParliament:Hon M. Mutsvangwa, Member of Parliament; Hon. Dr. S. Mukanduri, Member of Parliament; Hon. T. Mohadi, Member of Parliament; Hon. I. Gonese, Member of Pari iament, and Hon. J. Totfa, Member of Parliament.
1.3 The following Members of Parliament attended the Plenary Assembly as observers:Hon. J. Passade, Member of Parliament; Hon. J. Mhlanga, Member of Parliament; The Late Hon R. Bunjira, Member of Parliament; and Hon. E. Murai, Member of Parliament.