Pres­i­dent in Swazi­land for Sadc sum­mit

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mor­ris Mk­wate in Ezul­wini, Swazi­land

PRES­I­DENT Mu­gabe ar­rived here last night to at­tend the 36th Sadc Heads of State and Govern­ment Sum­mit which opens at Lozitha Royal Palace to­day.

He was re­ceived at King Mswati III In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Sikhuphe by Swazi Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Phineas Ma­gag­ula, Zim­babwe’s Am­bas­sador to Mozam­bique, Ma­jor-Gen­eral Nicholas Dube and Min­is­ters Pa­trick Chi­na­masa (Fi­nance) and Mike Bimha (In­dus­try and Com­merce) who had trav­elled ahead of the Pres­i­dent.

He is trav­el­ling with For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sim­barashe Mum­bengegwi and other se­nior Govern­ment of­fi­cials and was seen off at Harare In­ter­na­tional Air­port by Vice-Pres­i­dents Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, Min­is­ters Ig­natius Chombo, Christo­pher Mushohwe and Kembo Mo­hadi, and Chief Sec­re­tary Dr Misheck Sibanda and ser­vice chiefs. VP Mnan­gagwa is Act­ing Pres­i­dent. Themed “Re­source Mo­bil­i­sa­tion for In­vest­ment in Sus­tain­able En­ergy In­fra­struc­ture for an In­clu­sive Sadc In­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion for the Pros­per­ity of the Re­gion”, the sum­mit will dis­cuss re­gional in­te­gra­tion, in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion, food se­cu­rity and Le­sotho’s con­sti­tu­tional re­form.

The Sadc En­ergy Sec­tor Plan tops the agenda, tar­get­ing to in­crease elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion from 56 000 megawatts to more than 96 000MW.

It iden­ti­fies 73 projects which re­gional lead­ers be­lieve will spur in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion.

In 2015 alone, new projects fed 1 864MW into the South­ern African Power Pool, with an ad­di­tional 3 932MW pro­jected this year.

South Africa will con­trib­ute 1 624MW to the 2016 target; sup­ported by An­gola (930MW), the DRC (458MW), Mozam­bique (360MW), Zam­bia (310MW) and Zim­babwe (200MW).

Sum­mit will also con­sider the mon­e­tised ac­tion plan for the re­gion’s in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion strat­egy steered through by Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe dur­ing his ten­ure as Sadc Chair (Au­gust 2014–Au­gust 2015).

For­eign Min­is­ters have al­ready dis­cussed the bud­get, and want it fi­nalised at an ex­tra­or­di­nary sum­mit in Fe­bru­ary/March 2017.

The Sadc In­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion Strat­egy and Roadmap (2015-2063) has three pil­lars — in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion, en­hanced com­pet­i­tive­ness and deeper re­gional in­te­gra­tion.

Its strate­gic in­ter­ven­tions in­volve re­fin­ing poli­cies, in­creas­ing public and pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ment vol­umes, cre­at­ing re­gional value chains and boost­ing value ad­di­tion.

Sadc also plans to de­velop and op­er­a­tionalise an in­dus­try pro­to­col by 2020, lead­ing to Mem­ber States adopt­ing na­tional in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion poli­cies and strate­gies.

Fur­ther, states will be re­quired to de­velop na­tional In­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion Up­grad­ing and Mod­erni­sa­tion Pro­grammes by 2018 and im­ple­ment them by 2020.

The over­ar­ch­ing Sadc IUMP fo­cuses on up­grad­ing ex­ist­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­i­ties, mod­ernising pro­duc­tive fa­cil­i­ties, re­in­forc­ing in­sti­tu­tional sup­port in­fra­struc­ture and bol­ster­ing re­search and in­no­va­tion ca­pac­ity.

A com­mit­tee ap­pointed by the Sadc Dou­ble Troika in June 2016 to over­see con­sti­tu­tional and se­cu­rity sec­tor re­forms in Le­sotho will also ta­ble its re­port to Sum­mit.

King Mswati III of Swazi­land is sched­uled to take over the bloc’s ro­ta­tional chair­man­ship from Botswana Pres­i­dent Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Seretse Khama Ian Khama.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

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