VEEP arrives for SADC Summit

Dr Guy Scott
Dr Guy Scott

Republican Vice President Guy Scott has arrived in Victoria Falls town, Zimbabwe to attend the 34th SADC Heads of State and Government Summit scheduled for tomorrow August 17 to 18, 2014.

Dr Scott was met on arrival at the Victoria Falls International Airport at 14:55 hours by Zimbabwean Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengwegwi, Zambia’s Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba, Zambia’s High Commissioner to Zimbabwe Ndiyoyi Mutiti and other Senior government officials from both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Dr Scott, who is accompanied by his Senior Private Secretary Robert Kamalata, will be among the 15 Heads of State and government of SADC who will attend the two-day Summit which officially opens tomorrow at the Elephant Hills Resort.

The Summit is being held under the theme ‘Economic Transformation Strategy’ which aims at leveraging from the regions combined natural resources to foster sustainable economic development to boost industrialization and beneficiation among the member states.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe will open the Summit and assume the chairmanship of SADC from Malawi which is the current chair.

Meanwhile, Heads of State and Government have started arriving in Victoria Falls town to attend the 34th SADC summit which opens , here tomorrow.

Among the Heads of State and Government that have arrived so far are Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia, Jacob Zuma of South Africa, Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, Prime Minister of Lesotho Thomas Thabane and Subsiso Dlamin, the Prime Minister of Swaziland.

Other Presidents expected at the annual gathering are Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania, Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Condo-DRC, Peter Mutharika of Malawi, Hery Rajaonarimampianana, Prime Minister Nsavinchandra Ramgoolam (Mauritius) and Vice President Manuel Domingos Vicente of Angola.

The SADC Council of Ministers has meanwhile been meeting over the past two-days to prepare the ground work for the Heads of State and Government Summit including its Agenda.

Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba who attended the Council of Ministers meetings told ZANIS in an interview here today that the Ministers deliberated on critical issues they envisage will drive the regional body to a higher level of economic development once adopted by the Summit.

Mr Kalaba said among the issues advanced by the Zambian delegation was the need for SADC member states to foster trade and economic emancipation as it envisions a liberated SADC by the year 2050 with the removal of trade barriers and tariffs at the center of attaining the desire to operate as one family.

HeĀ  said Zambia placed emphasis on the need to remove tariff barriers among the member States and that they should be dealt with under the SADC umbrella if the regional body was to achieve its Vision 2050 to promote sustainable economic development and industrial for job creation.