Foreign Affair Minister Harry Kalaba has announced that His Excellency President Michael Chilufya Sata will be represented at the Summit by the Vice President, His Honour Dr. Guy Scott. The Minister of Foreign Affairs said this during the SADC Council of Ministers Meeting taking place in Victoria Falls Town in Zimbabwe.
The meeting is preceding the Summit which starts on Sunday 17th August 2014. The Minister is together with his counterpart, Minister of Commerce Trade and Industry Hon. Robert Sichinga.
Mr Kalaba said that the SADC Executive Council has had successful deliberations so far with a mouthful of things to consider. Mr. Kalaba said SADC is dedicated to set targets that are for the benefit of the region. He says the SADC Council of Ministers has been dealing with several issues such as industrialization and tariff barriers in the Region.
Mr. Kalaba said that the SADC body needed to yield demands of the time and ensure such meetings bring forth tangible outcomes for the benefit of people in the region.
And speaking during the same occasion, Zambia’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ms. Ndiyoyi Mutiti says the senior officials meeting and that of the Ministers have tackled issues pertaining to social and economic development of SADC. Ms. Mutiti says the main issues of discussion have included the industrialization of the region due to trade imbalances. She says the region needs to industrialize and take advantage of its economic opportunities.
The 34th Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government will be taking place in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe as an important milestone for socio-economic development in Southern Africa. The theme of the Summit is “SADC Strategy for Economic Transformation: Leveraging the Region’s Diverse Resources for Sustainable Economic and Social Development through Beneficiation and Value Addition.