The Southern African Development Commission (SADC), was established in 1980 in pursuant of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Treaty and the provisions of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology. Until 1999, the association was known as the Southern Africa Telecommunications Administrations (SATA). From its inception, SATA was a forum for public operators of fixed land telephony networks, by virtue of the sectoral composition at the time. However, in response to sector changes in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the current SATA Constitution was revised in May 2005 to open up membership to other players in the sector. Full membership is now open to both fixed and mobile cellular operators who own a telecommunication network regardless of whether they are a public or a private enterprise. Other ICT stakeholders such as Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Equipment Manufacturers/Suppliers may join SATA as Associate Members only as approved by the SATA Executive Board.
Dr Tomaz Augusto Salomão, is a former planning minister in Mozambique who is well known and respected in the region. His appointment was announced at the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held on 17-18 August 2005 in Gaborone.
SADC’s new Executive Secretary was born on 16 Octber 1954 in Inharrime, Inhambane Province in Mozambique. He received his academic training in Mozambique where during his early academic years he was awarded a qualification as Certified Public Accountant in 1972. In 1976 he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and in 1990 he achieved his Master of Arts in Economics from the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo where he later became an economics lecturer between 2002 and 2004. He is a PhD candidate in economics with Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Salomão, 51, has made significant contributions to the development of his country and the region, serving his country in senior posts for the past 22 years. He was most recently the Minister of Transport and Communications from 2000-2004. During this period, he also held international posts as chairperson of the ministers committee of the African Union charged with the development of ICTs in 2003-2004, and as chairperson of the SADC Transport and Communications Committee (SATCC) from 2000 to 2002. He served as Minister of Planning and Finance from 1994 to 1999, during the period of reconstruction in Mozambique following the peace accord. During the same period, he also served as governor for Mozambique at the African Development Bank, International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Prior to his SADC appointment, Salomão was a member of parliament in Mozambique following elections in December 2004.
The Seychelles ceased to be a member of SADC on 30 June 2004. At the August 2004 SADC Summit Madagascar obtained ‘candidate membership status’ for a period of one year.Rwanda also applied for SADC membership, but this was not considered by Council in August 2004.