President Pohamba To Attend Sacu Summit

23 May 2013 06:36

WINDHOEK, 08 APRIL (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba will join other Heads of State and Government in attending the 2013 Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Summit slated for Friday in Gaborone, Botswana.
The summit is to be attended by representatives of the SACU member states - Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia.
Minister of Finance Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila; Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein; Special Advisor on Foreign Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh; Permanent Secretaries of the Finance and Trade and Industry ministries Ericah Shafudah and Dr Malan Lindeque; Namibia?s High Commissioner to Botswana Hadino Nghishongwa, and other senior Government officials will form part of the Namibian delegation to the summit.
The summit will be preceded by a meeting of the SACU Council of Ministers responsible for the ministries of finance and trade in the member states.
SACU was established in 1910 with Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and Swaziland as the founding member states. Namibia only joined the union after Independence in 1990.
The union?s objectives include facilitating the cross-border movement of goods between the territories of the member states, and creating effective, transparent and democratic institutions which ensure equitable trade benefits to member states.
President Pohamba and his delegation are expected to return to Namibia on Friday.