Geingob arrives in Tanzania for 39th SADC Summit

16 Aug 2019 19:00pm
DAR ES SALAAM, 16 AUG (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob has arrived in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the 39th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Heads of State and Government Summit which starts on Saturday and ends on Sunday.
Accompanied by First Lady Monica Geingos, the Head of State landed at Julius Nyerere International Airport on Friday at around 17h40 where they were received by senior Tanzanian government officials.
The 39th summit is held under the theme ‘A Conducive Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, Increased Intra-Trade, and Job Creation’.
Zimbabwe’s President, Emmerson Mnangagwa arrived shortly after Geingob.
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa; Angola’s Joao Lorenco; and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s President Felix Tshisekedi, arrived earlier to also attend the summit.
During the summit, Geingob who chaired the 38th SADC Summit will hand over the chairpersonship which rotates annually to President John Magufuli of Tanzania.
Namibia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah handed over the chairpersonship for the SADC Council of Ministers to Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Minister, Professor Palamagamba John Kabudi on Tuesday.
Nandi-Ndaitwah in her handover speech assured the new chair of Namibia’s readiness to work with Tanzania to steer the organisation further to higher heights.
“I am confident that the new chairperson will continue to successfully advance SADC’s agenda, regional integration principles and values,” she said.
More SADC Heads of State were still expected to arrive Friday night.