Pohamba Arrives For Sacu Summit In Gaborone

23 May 2013 06:36

GABORONE, 11 APR (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba arrived in Gaborone, Botswana on Thursday afternoon for the Fourth Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Heads of State and Government Summit slated for Friday.
He was met at the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport by Botswana?s Minister of Communication and Transport Nonofo Molefhi.
Pohamba will be attending the one-day summit with four other Heads of State ? Botswana president Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, South African president Jacob Zuma, Swaziland?s King Mswati III and Lesotho?s Prime Minister Tom Thabane.
Khama Ian Khama will deliver the opening statement ahead of the close-door summit, which will among others discuss cross-border trade, development of the SACU Trade and Tariff Policy as well as positioning the organisation as a building block towards integration.
The summit was preceded by a meeting of the Council of Ministers, who will then make their submission to the Heads of State on Friday.
SACU was established in 1910 with Botswana, South Africa, and Swaziland as the founding member state, while Namibia became a member after it attained independence in 1990.
Meanwhile, upon his return from Botswana, Pohamba will attend the burial service of former Ondangwa mayor and businessman Otto Kapia on Saturday in the Okaku village in the Oshana Region.
Kapia, 77, succumbed to cancer on 02 April 2013 in Ongwediva.
(NAMPA)
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