President Geingob to attend SADC summit

15 Aug 2015 15:30pm
By Maggy Thomas
GABORONE, 15 AUG (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob is expected to join other Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government in Gaborone, Botswana to attend the 35th SADC annual Summit.
Namibian High Commissioner to Botswana, Mbapewa Muvangua confirmed to Nampa on Friday that the Namibian Head of State is arriving on Sunday afternoon.
The Summit of the SADC Heads of State and Government is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
The theme of the 35th Summit is ‘Accelerating Industrialisation of SADC Economies through Transformation of Natural Endowment and Improved Human Capital’.
Most of the SADC Head of States and Governments are arriving on Sunday.
Malawian President Peter Muthaliki indicated that he will not attend the summit due to some economic challenges facing his country.
The summit is expected to deliberate on the just revised SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2015-2020, which has also mainstreamed the industrialisation agenda of the region.
The RISDP outlines the region’s priorities for member states and gives the prerequisite strategic direction to the SADC Secretariat for the coming years.
The Heads of State and Government will also look at the implementation of the just launched COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Trade Area (TFTA) in which the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and East African Community (EAC) united with SADC on a trade agreement.
The summit will in addition witness Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe handing over the chairmanship of SADC to Botswana’s President Seretse Khama Ian Khama.
The Namibian Head of State will join the Namibian delegation, led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, which arrived earlier to attend the SADC Council of Ministers.
Other delegates are the Ministers of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta; Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb; Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprise Development Immanuel Ngatjizeko; Namibian High Commissioner to Botswana Mbapewa Muvangua; and other high-ranking government officials from various ministries.
The council meeting was officially opened by SADC Executive Secretary Stergomena Lawrence Tax.