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8 presidents confirm Sadc attendance

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Thomas Munthali

At least eight heads of State and Government are expected to attend this year’s Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Summit slated for Lilongwe next week, Secretary for Foreign Affairs Luckie Sikwese has confirmed.

“We are working diligently towards a successful summit. It is our opportunity and we want to show that Malawi deserves to host such events. About eight heads of State, vice presidents and a prime minister will attend the meeting,” he said.

Some of the heads of State that have confirmed their attendance are South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Tanzania’s Samia Suluhu, Mozambique’s Fillipe Nyusi and Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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Sikwese said, after the summit, Malawi would be hosting international conferences during its one year tenure of office as Sadc chairperson.

Meanwhile, Malawi National Planning Commission Executive Director Thomas Munthali has lauded the government for hosting the summit in a year the country launched the long-term development blueprint Malawi (Mw) 2063.

“We have to harness regional integration opportunities in support of operationalising our wealth-creation and self-reliance vision within the context of the Sadc 2050 Vision, which, among other areas, focuses on industrialisation,” Munthali said.

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He hoped that the country would also promote pillars such as agricultural productivity and commercialisation, industrialisation and urbanisation, as espoused in Mw2063

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