The 37th SADC Summit of heads of state and government kicks off in Pretoria, South Africa tomorrow at the Department of International and Regional Cooperation Offices (DIRCO).
The summit will run under the theme, “Partnering the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value Chains”.
The President Cde Robert Mugabe and his delegation is already in the southern neighbouring country for the summit which takes place in the wake of a double troika meeting held at the venue to discuss hot spots in the region, among them the Democratic Republic of Congo where presidential polls are pending, Lesotho which has been struggling to end power struggles and coup detats.
The 37th SADC Summit is expected to pay tribute to outgoing Angolan president, Eduardo Dos Santos who is stepping down after 37 years as president.
The summit is also expected to thank President Pos Santos for his immense contribution and the critical part he played towards the liberation of Southern Africa.
He also oversaw the reconstruction an oil backed economic boom and reconstruction of Angola after a 27 year civil war against rebel leader Jonas Savimbi and his apartheid backed Renamo rebels.
The summit was preceded by a double troika summit held at the DIRCO at OR Tambo House in Pretoria this morning.
Cde Mugabe who first championed the industrialisation agenda at the Victoria Falls summit in 2014, followed by the 2015 summit in Botswana the one held in Swaziland last year is among the heads of state and government attending the summit.