VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AA) – More than 12 heads of state and government have arrived in Zimbabwe’s resort town of Victoria Falls on Sunday for the official opening of the 34th summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
According to Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Information and Publicity, 12 leaders are attending the two-day summit including host Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
Other leaders include President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, President Hery Rajaonarimampianinaof Madagascar, President Seretse Ian Khama of Botswana, President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo, President James Michel of Seychelles, Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam of Mauritius and Prime Minister Thomas Thabane of Lesotho.
Other participants who have arrived include Vice President Manuel Domingos Vicentre of Angola and Vice President Guy Scott of Zambia.
The leaders will discuss over Sunday and Monday key issues affecting their 15-member grouping, including regional integration, economic cooperation, intra-regional trade and Ebola scare.
Over the past two days, the SADC Council of Ministers has been meeting ahead to prepare the summit’s agenda.
SADC is a 15-member regional grouping that aims to promote sustainable and equitable socio-economic development in southern Africa.
It is managed by a Troika that comprises the current, the incoming and the immediate previous SADC summit chairpersons.
Prior to the 34th summit, SADC troika was made up of current chair President Mutharika, incoming chair President Mugabe and immediate previous chair President Guebuza.
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