LUSAKA, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema was scheduled to attend the 42nd Ordinary Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government to be hosted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the country's foreign affairs ministry said on Tuesday.
The Zambian president will be attending the summit to be held on August 17 since winning last August's election where he was expected to deliver his maiden speech, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The summit was preceded by the meeting of SADC Council of Ministers that took place between August 13 and 14.
The meeting will be held under the theme "Promoting Industrialization through agro-processing, mineral beneficiation, and regional value chains for inclusive and resilient economic growth".
According to the statement, the summit was expected to review progress on the implementation of the SADC regional integration agenda as well as deliberate on the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the food and nutrition situation in the region and mitigation of integration programs and projects.
Stanley Kakuko, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said in the statement that Zambia was committed to increased trade and investment amongst African counties as well as the importance of peace and security as a prerequisite for the achievement of social and economic development.
The Zambian president was also expected to hold bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit.