President Edgar Lungu has arrived in Harare, Zimbabwe for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government extra ordinary summit on industrialisation which opens tomorrow.
President Lungu’s aircraft touched down at Harare International Airport at 15:10 hours.The President is accompanied by First Lady Esther, his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda and Special Assistant for Political Affairs Kaizer Zulu.He was welcomed at the Airport by Zimbabwe’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and his Transport counterpart Obert Mpofu.
Zambia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba, Deputy Minister of Finance Christopher Mvunga and Zambia’s Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Ndiyoyi Mutiti also welcomed Mr. Lungu at the airport.
President Lungu is later today expected to separately hold bilateral talks with his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe and the President of Namibia Hage Geingob.
Tomorrow, President Lungu will join other heads of state and government at the SADC extra ordinary summit whose theme is “Regional strategy and roadmap for industrialisation”.The President will on Thursday travel to Bulawayo to officially open the 56th Zimbabwe international trade fair before returning to Lusaka the same day.
The summit will discuss strategies and the roadmap for the industrialisation of the region.
The SADC industrialisation strategy and roadmap come in the aftermath of the 34th SADC ordinary summit which was held in Zimbabwe’s Victoria Falls town in August 2014 under theme, “SADC strategy for economic transformation, leveraging the region’s diverse resources for sustainable and social development through beneficiation and value addition”.
The SADC member states have realised that they were endowed with a lot of natural resources where raw materials are gotten hence the need to establish industries that will process these materials into finished products in order to further enhance trade and economic development in the region.
Yesterday, Mr. Kalaba, Commerce Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe and Mr. Mvunga attended the Council of Ministers which prepared the agenda for the extra-ordinary heads of state and government summit set for tomorrow.President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe is the current chairperson of SADC which has 14 members.These members are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi and Mozambique.Others are Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.