Southern Africa: Angola – Foreign Minister Off to Swaziland to Attend SADC Summit

Angolan Foreign Affairs minister Georges Rebelo Pinto Chicoti left Wednesday for Mbabane, Swaziland, to attend the 36th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), scheduled between 30 and 31 August.

Speaking to Angop at Luanda's "4 de Fevereiro" International Airport, the official said that the meeting will discuss various issues related to the development of the southern region of the continent, especially its industrialisation.

He said that the event is also expected to address, among other matters, the situation of peace and security, the election of the new president of the African Union (AU) and the monetary contributions of its members.

Taking place under the theme "Resource Mobilisation for Investment in Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for an Inclusive SADC Industrialisation for the Prosperity ", the meeting will boost development and economic growth to improve the life quality of the region-based population.

The host country's King Mswati III, current SADC vice president, will take over the leadership of the regional organisation of the President of Botwana, Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

The 35th Summit of the Heads of State and Government held on 17 and 18 August, in Gaborone (Botswana), addressed, among other issues, acceleration of industrialisation of the region's economies through the transformation of natural and human resources.

SADC groups South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Seychelles.

Source: Angola Press Agency.