NAMIBIAN PRESIDENT TO ATTEND WEEKEND SADC SUMMIT IN PRETORIA

WINDHOEK, Namibian President Hage Geingob will attend the 37th Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government in Pretoria this Saturday and Sunday, according to a statement issued here by the president's Press Secretary, Albertus Aochamub.

Namibia's participation in the Summit, Auchamub said Tuesday, showed the country's commitment to achieving the objectives of SADC. Namibia is expected to be nominated as SADC deputy chairperson during the summit, while summit host South Africa will be the new SADC Chair.

According to the statement, the Summit will witness farewell speeches by Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos who is stepping down after the general election in his country on Aug 23, 2017, and Botswana's President Seretse Khama Ian Khama who will vacate office on April 1, 2018.

This year's Summit, which is themed "Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value-chains", will discuss among other issues, 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 requests from the Union of Comoros and Burundi to join the SADC, which now has 15 members.

Geingob will travel to Kigali, Rwanda, earlier to attend the swearing-in of President-elect Paul Kagame on Friday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK