15 Aug 2017 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 AUG (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob will attend the 37th Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government in Pretoria, South Africa on Saturday and Sunday.
Press Secretary in the Office of the President, Albertus Aochamub announced this in a media statement Tuesday afternoon.
Namibias participation in the Summit, according to Auchamub, shows the countrys commitment to achieving the objectives of SADC.
He said Namibia is expected to be nominated as SADC deputy chairperson, while South Africa will be sworn in as the new SADC chairperson.
According to the statement, the Summit will witness farewell speeches by Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos who is stepping down after general elections in his country on 23 August 2017, and Botswana President, Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama who will vacate office on 01 April 2018.
This years Summit which is themed Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value-chains, will discuss amongst others, the socio-economic situation in the region, and gender and development.
The leaders will also examine the status on the implementation of the industrialisation strategy and roadmap, and consider the request from the Union of Comoros and Burundi to join SADC.
Geingob will before the Summit travel to Kigali, Rwanda to attend the swearing-in of President-elect Paul Kagame on Friday.
As it has become customary with all his trips outside the country, Geingob is expected to hold bilateral negotiations with other leaders present at both events.
The Summit will be preceded by the SADC Council of Ministers meeting from 15 to 17 August 2017.
Geingob will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and other senior government officials.