Tuesday, 18 October 2016

MUGABE APPOINTED COMESA VICE CHAIR

PRESIDENT Mugabe has been appointed interim Vice Chair of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa Bureau, and will help steer the bloc’s 19th Heads of State and Government Summit which opened in Madagascar this morning.

Announcing the appointment, Comesa secretary-general Mr Sindiso Ngwenya said a substantive candidate would be elected once procedural requirements have been sorted out.

President Hery Rajionarimampianina of Madagascar assumed Chairmanship, immediately driving the region’s industrialisation theme.

President Mugabe is attending the summit with Ministers Mumbengegwi and Bimha who told The Herald; “The Summit will mainly look at inclusive and sustainable industrialisation.
“The industrialisation agenda is now the major focus in Africa; even regional integration is revolving around the same subject.

“It is the way to go, and Africa is saying, ‘Let’s utilise our people and resources towards value-addition and beneficiation’. If we industrialise and export, our economies will grow.
“This trajectory runs through the entire regional thrust and across Africa. And when we say inclusive, we are involving everyone: governments, women, businesses; etcetera.”
Themed “Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialisation”, the Summit will discuss regional peace and security, customs and trade, homing in on the comesa, Tripartite and Continental free trade areas.
It will also consider the Medium Term Strategic Plan (2016-2020) adopted by the comesa Council of Ministers on October 15, 2016 with a view to spurring structural economic transformation via trade, investment and infrastructure development.

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