The Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC Parliamentary Forum), headquartered in Windhoek, Namibia, was established in accordance with Article 9(2) of the SADC Treaty on 8th September 1997, by the SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Blantyre, Malawi. The main objective for establishing the SADC Parliamentary Forum was to "constitute a Regional Parliamentary Framework for dialogue on issues of regional interest and concern". Currently, the SADC Parliamentary Forum has a membership of 14 member Parliaments, representing more than 3,000 SADC Parliamentarians. The Member countries are Angola, Botswana, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Member countries are represented at the SADC Parliamentary Forum by Presiding Officers and Six Members of Parliament from each of the 14 member Parliaments.