Vice President Guy Scott is in Gaborone in Botswana for the Third African Elephant Summit which started today but will be officially opened tomorrow.
Dr Scott, who is accompanied to Botswana by his Senior Private Secretary, Robert Kamalata, arrived aboard a chartered plane at 16:20 hours at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport this afternoon.
He was welcomed by Minister of Tourism and Art, Sylvia Masebo, and Zambia’s High Commissioner to Botswana, Robert Mataka.
Dr Scott, who is representing President Michael Sata, is expected to speak on behalf of Zambia tomorrow after the official opening of the summit.
President of Botswana, Seretse Khama Ian Khama, will officially open the summit.
Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) Director General, Xenophone Vlahakis, Deputy Director in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lubasi Nyambe and senior ZAWA officials are also attending the meeting.
The summit is organised by Botswana and the International Union for Conservation of National (IUCN) to address among other issues, elephant poaching and trading in ivory which are a major concern for many African countries.
It is also 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 Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) community.
The theme of the summit is ‘working together for Africa’s elephants’.