Scott arrives in Luanda Great Lakes Summit

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-Republican Vice President, Guy Scott, has arrived in Angolan capital, Luanda, to attend the ongoing 5th Ordinary summit of the International Conference on Great Lakes Region which is taking place in that country.

Dr Scott is in Angola to represent President Michael Sata at the5th Ordinary Summit on International Conference on Great Lakes Region of Heads of State and Government.

The Vice President arrived in Luanda this afternoon in company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Minister, Wilbur Simuusa, and his Senior Private Secretary, Robert Kamalata, ahead of the summit for the heads of state and government which takes place tomorrow.

Dr Scott was received at Aeroporto Internacional 4 De Fevereiro (International Airport 4th of February) by Defence Minister, Edgar Lungu, Zambia’s Ambassador to Angola, Barbara Chilangwa, Zambian Embassy Staff and Angolan Minister of Telecommunication and Technology Information, Jose Da Rocha.

According to the programme released to ZANIS in Luanda in Angola, the Zambian Vice President will join other heads of state and Government from the Great Lakes Region member states for the official open of the summit and deliberations on various issues affecting the sub-region.

The Vice President will also witness the official handover of Chairmanship of the sub-region body by Ugandan President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, to his Angola counterpart, Edouardo Dos Santos, at a ceremony which is expected to be characterized by speeches.

Zambia handed over the Chairmanship of the Great Lakes Region to Uganda in 2011 after two years of chairing the sub-regional body which has 12 member states linked by the Lake.

Among the people who have been lined up to deliver speeches are the Special Representative of the African Union to the Great Lakes Region, Ambassador Boubacar Diarra, Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to the Great Lakes Region, Mary Robinson and the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region Executive Secretary Ntumba Luaba.

The same summit for the heads of state is expected to receive update on security situation in the ICGLR member state and be briefed by Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, on South Sudan negotiations and further adopt the 2014-2015 ICGLR budgets.

The meeting will also receive recommendations from the Inter-Ministerial Committee Meetings of the Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs who have been seating from Saturday to today.

The Vice President is expected to fly back to Zambia on Thursday after
the closure of the summit.