Dr Guy Scott expected in Gaborone tomorrow

Elephants on Zambezi

Vice President Guy Scott is tomorrow expected to arrive in Gaborone to join several heads of state and government representatives from various countries in a three day African Elephant summit.


Dr Scott is scheduled to arrive in the afternoon in readiness for the official opening of the summit on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.


The summit however starts tomorrow, December 2nd at the Gaborone International Conference Centre.


The grand opening of the African Elephant summit will be done by President of Botswana, Seretse Ian Khama while his Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, a Mr. T. S. Khama will also give a key note speech.


The Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will also give a speech.


Zambia, through the Vice President will also speak on behalf of the President Sata at the summit after the grand opening.


This is according to a programme obtained by ZANIS from the Zambian High Commission in Botswana.


Dr Scott will be attending the summit in the company of Minister of Tourism and Art, Sylvia Masebo, Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Director General, Xenophone Vlahakis, Deputy Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lubasi Nyambe, senior government and ZAWA officials.


The summit is being held to among other issues finalise urgent measures and draft African Elephant summit commitment with remaining areas of disagreement highlighted and look at the update on the review of the illegal killing and the illegal trade in ivory.


At the end of the summit on December 4, 2013, the attendees are expected to secure a commitment towards the implementation of the urgent measures from wider donor and nongovernmental organisation (NGO) community.


The theme of the summit is ‘Working together for Africa’s elephants’.


The elephants are highly poached and have become one of the most endangered species of wild animals for their ivory, meat and other parts.