President in SA for Sadc summit

President Mugabe

President Mugabe

Cletus Mushanawani Mutare Bureau—
PRESIDENT Mugabe is in South Africa for the 37th Sadc Heads of State and Government Summit. He flew to Pretoria yesterday evening. The President was seen off at Harare International Airport by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Minister Dr Chris Mushohwe, Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi, Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joram Gumbo, State Security Minister Kembo Mohadi and service chiefs.

VP Mphoko is the Acting President.

The summit runs from August 19 to 20.

It will be preceded by a Double Troika meeting tomorrow (Friday).

Meetings of senior officials and Council of Ministers were also held as a build-up to the main summit.

The summit is running under the theme: “Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value-chains”.

South African President Jacob Zuma will assume the Sadc chair.

He takes over from King Mswati III of Swaziland.

The 37th Sadc Summit will focus on how Public-Private Partnerships can be harnessed to drive forward the industrialisation agenda of southern Africa.

It is also expected to consider a report by the Secretariat on the development of an implementation plan and roadmap on the conclusions of the Strategic Ministerial Retreat on the “Sadc We Want” that was held in Swaziland in March.

Among other things, the retreat directed the Secretariat to develop an effective mechanism for tracking progress in the implementation of regional programmes as well as compliance to protocols and legal instruments.

The summit is also expected to consider progress on the development of the Sadc Resource Mobilisation Framework.

The framework is expected to explore alternative sources of funding to determine how fiscal space could be created to enable Sadc member States to finance regional programmes, projects and activities.

President Mugabe is on record urging Africa to fund its programmes.

Donor funding comes with strings attached.

In July, President Mugabe donated US$1 million to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Speaking at the handover of the cheque, President Mugabe said: “To develop and realise the vision set out in agenda 2063, Africa needs to finance its own programmes. Institutions like the AU cannot rely on donor funding as the model is not sustainable.

“This humble gesture on Zimbabwe’s part has no universal application but it demonstrates what is possible when people apply their minds to tasks before them.”

The Sadc summit is also expected to focus on measures to improve food security in the region, in particular how to strengthen implementation of the Regional Agricultural Policy that aims to improve production, productivity, competitiveness and trade in the agricultural sector, natural resources and environment.

Another topical issue expected to be discussed by summit would be the proposed new structure of the Sadc Secretariat.

President Mugabe was welcomed at the Waterkloof Airport by South African ICT Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, who was already here, and Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to South Africa Isiaah Moyo

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  • xyz

    Herald you are still burying your head in the sand. Ignoring the shenanigans of the first lady will not make the problem go away. Makes me wonder why you got those awards a couple of weeks ago. Let us see if the President is going to come home with his wife – which is likely after some diplomatic work. Waste of resources from a self destructive mother and her son’s.

  • Ministry of Gender Violence

    President Mugabe met at the airport by South African ICT Minister Syabonga Cwele? How the mighty have fallen, but it could have been worse if SA had a Minister of Psychomotor Activities as a last minute replacement! Some cynics will of course read a hidden diplomatic message in SA’s welcome or snub depending on which side of the fence you are sitting, however there’s no doubt that Mugabe’s position and meagre influence on SADC policy has been severely compromised by questionable activities of Mrs Mugabe.
    Incidentally we noticed most global press reports have downgraded referring to Mugabe’s wife as plain “Mrs” without adding any honorifics, perhaps Zimbabwe press should follow suit?

  • Sambiri

    Globe trotter Mr President and the nation has no rescue plan despite esap, zimasset , mega deals, ugly culture since 1980

  • yowe

    Ko uya wekurova vamwe hamutauri nezvake nei??

    • Chief Political Observer

      Yes, some assault ,some kill, some threaten. Jesus challenged those sinless to cast a stone on the Biblical woman story . Ask Godfrey Majonga at Danhiko. Ask Job Sikhala about his mother`s case. Our leaders must have nduramo as we sing in our national anthem.

  • succuba

    Could you imagine the size of the headline font if it was the wife of Morgan assaulting females in South Africa!!!