Wednesday, 18 May 2011


His Excellency, Mr. Rupiah Bwezani Banda, President of the Republic of Zambia, will tomorrow Thursday leave for Namibia to attend a two-day Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
The SADC Summit, to be held in Windhoek, Namibia has been called to discuss issues pertaining to regional peace and security following the SADC Troika Organ summit held in Zambia in March 2011. SADC Chairman and Namibian President, His Excellency, Mr. Hifikepunye Pohamba,was mandated to call for an Extra-Ordinary Summit to discuss issues agreed at the Livingstone Troika Organ meeting.
President Banda, who is Chairman of the SADC Organ on Defence and Security Cooperation, is expected to brief his fellow Heads of State and Government on the progress made in the implementation of the Global Political Agreement in Zimbabwe and the Peace Mediation Process in Madagascar.
The SADC summit will also discuss progress towards the implementation of a joint Free Trade Area among the African region blocs, which includes the Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community (EAC).
President Banda will be accompanied to Namibia by Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Kabinga Pande, MP, Commerce and Trade Minister Hon. Felix Mutati, MP, and other Senior Government Officials. The Presidential Delegation will return to Zambia after completing the scheduled business in Namibia.

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