Lilongwe, August 16: His Excellency Andry Nirina Rajoelina, President of the Republic of Madagascar, on Sunday at exactly 10:05PM arrived with his entourage at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe ahead of the 41st ordinary Southern African Development Community Summit which is being hosted by Malawi.
Malawi's Minister of Sports, Ulemu Msanga, welcomed President Rajoelina whose arrival was the first amongst eight Heads of State who confirmed their attendance for the Heads of State and Government summit which officially gets underway on Tuesday at the Bingu International Conference Centre.
The Madagascan president however did not grant the media an audience as his convoy left soon after he was introduced by Msungama to the Army General Vincent Nundwe.
Other Heads of State from Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Democractic Republic of Congo (DRC) are expected to arrive on Monday.
Despite no confirmation from Mauritius at the time of press, other member states like Namibia, Lesotho, Angola, Comoros, Eswatini and Zambia will be represented being various dignitaries.
This year’s Summit is being held under the theme “Bolstering Productive Capacities in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic for Inclusive, Sustainable, Economic and Industrial Transformation”.
The theme seeks to accelerate the implementation of SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) from 2020 to 2030 with focus on the Industrilisation and Market Intergration Pillar.
His Excellency Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera will take over the mantle of SADC Chairperson from Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi who assumed the position in August 2020 during the 40th SADC Summit.
Established in 1980, SADC is an organization of 16 Member States established with a mission to promote sustainable and equitable growth coupled with socioeconomic development through efficient productive systems, deeper cooperation and integration, good governance, durable peace and security.