President Edgar Lungu arrived in Pretoria, South Africa for the 37th Ordinary Southern African Development Community-SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government which opens today, 19TH, August, 2017.
President Lungu arrived at the Air Force Base Waterkloof from Kigali, Rwanda where he attended the inauguration ceremony of Rwanda’s President-elect Paul Kagame.
The Presidential Challenger carrying President Lungu and his entourage touched down at Waterkloofan airbase of the South African Air Force at 20:55 hours local time.
Upon arrival at Waterkloof base, the Republican President was received by South Africa’s Minister of Justice Michael Masutha, Zambia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba, Minister of Commerce, Trade, Industry Margaret Mwanakatwe and Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Emmanuel Mwamba.
On arrival at Sheraton Pretoria Hotel where he will be lodging, President Lungu was welcomed by Home Affairs Minister Stephen Kampyongo, Minister of Development Planning Lucky Mulusa, Zambia’s High Commissioner to Botswana Brigadier General Patrick Tembo, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Kayula Siame, Foreign Affairs Permanent Secretary Chalwe Lombe among other senior government officials.
President Lungu who is accompanied by Deputy Secretary to Cabinet in charge of Finance and Economic Development Christopher Mvunga and Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda upon arrival at Sheraton Pretoria hotel addressed a crowd of Zambians resident in South Africa who braved the cold night to welcome him.
Other Heads of State who have already arrived ahead of the Summit include Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, Swaziland’s King Mswati III, Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila, Namibia’s Hage Geingob and Tanzania’s President John Magufuli.
The theme of the summit is “Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value-chains”.
During the Summit South Africa will assume the role of Chair of the SADC taking over from the Kingdom of Swaziland.
The President of the Republic of Tanzania John Magufuli and the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho Dr Thomas Thabane are expected to give their maiden speeches during the Summit while the Presidents of the Republic of Angola José Eduardo dos Santos and Botswana Lt. Gen. Dr. Seretse Khama Ian Khama are expected to give their farewell speeches.
The main objectives of SADC are to achieve economic development, peace and security, and growth, alleviate poverty, enhance the standard and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa, and support the socially disadvantaged through Regional Integration.
Currently SADC has a membership of 15 Member States, namely; Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The 37th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government which will open tomorrow was preceded by the Senior Officials’ Meeting, the Ministerial meeting and the Double Troika yesterday.
All the meetings are taking place at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), O R Tambo Building in Pretoria.