President Cde Robert Mugabe has arrived in Swaziland for an extraordinary summit on industrialisation and regional economic integration.
Cde Mugabe who was accompanied by Minister of Industry and Commerce Cde Mike Bimha was met at King Mswati 3, Sikhupe International Airport by Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Mozambique and Swaziland General Nicholas Dube and a Swazi government official.
A guard of honour and Swati traditional dancers were also at hand to welcome the President and his delegation.
Minister of Finance and Economic Development Patrick Chinamasa and Foreign Affairs Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi who travelled earlier for preparatory meetings were also in the receiving party.
The Industrialisation and Economic Integration Summit will consider various issues on industrialisation and integration of SADC.
Among them are the action plan of the SADC industrialisation and roadmap 2015-2063, proposed milestones for monitoring implementation of SADC industrialisation strategy and roadmap, governance structure for implementation of the SADC industrialisation strategy and roadmap as well as progress on the implementation of the Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement.
The leaders will also review the progress on the Continental Free Trade Area negotiations and the outcomes of the strategic ministerial retreat.
The retreat assessed the current situation with regard to the implementation of the SADC integration agenda and reflected on whether SADC is realising its objectives and satisfying members on whether the group is heading towards the SADC it wants.
The SADC leaders will also deliberate on the status of realisation of the proposed SADC transformation university which will be hosted by the Kingdom of Swaziland.
The theme of industrialisation and value addition took root in the organisation during President Mugabe’s chairmanship.