President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has arrived in the capital city of Angola, Luanda, to participate in the significant annual summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Before embarking on his journey, President Chakwera addressed the press at Kamuzu International Airport, expressing that this year’s SADC summit will assess the advancements made based on the resolutions from the previous year, with a specific focus on security matters, aiming to uphold peace within the region.
He said: “As an integral part of the SADC region, this annual summit is crucial because we discuss issues to consolidate our integration and make sure our democracy is intact all over the region, and make sure there is peace in the region.”
The theme of this year’s SADC summit is “Human and Financial Capital: The Key Driver for sustainable industrialization of the SADC region”.
Having recently held the position of SADC’s immediate past Chairperson, President Chakwera’s presence bears significant importance, as he will play a crucial role in influencing the future trajectory of the 16-member organization.
Following his attendance at the forthcoming two-day summit scheduled for August 17th to 18th, the Head of State of Malawi will subsequently travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he will participate in the BRICS summit from the 22nd to the 24th of the same month. Themed “BRICS and Africa: Fostering a Partnership for Accelerated Growth, Sustainable Development, and Inclusive Multilateralism,” the summit aims to strengthen the economic prowess of BRICS member nations and establish a robust unified market to promote shared growth.
As outlined in a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, President Chakwera intends to leverage these dual summits as opportunities to engage in bilateral discussions with global leaders, with the overarching goal of garnering support for Malawi’s economic recovery endeavors.