JB departs for DRC, Nigeria

President Joyce Banda has said peace and stability are very crucial in trade and economy in Africa.

She said this on Tuesday at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) when she was departing for the seventeenth Summit of the COMESA Authority of Heads of State and Government scheduled to take place on 26 and 27 February in Kinshasa, Democratic republic of Congo (DRC).

“I will be attending a COMESA summit in Congo and I will also be speaking at a conference in Nigeria. The conference will be attended by leaders from poorest nations in the world,” said Banda.

President Banda saying byee to her want-away deputy Khumo Kachali
President Banda saying byee to her want-away deputy Khumo Kachali

According to the statement published on State House Malawi’s Facebook page, from Kinshasa, Banda will go to Abuja, Nigeria where she will attend a One-Day Summit Level Conference as part of the centenary celebrations of the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates that formed Nigeria.

“The conference on 27 February, 2014 will feature the participation of over 21 heads of state and government and some eminent personalities from across the globe,” reads the statement in part.

The theme of the conference is ‘Consolidating Intra-COMESA Trade through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development’.

President Banda was seen off by Vice President Khumbo Kachali and the First Gentleman Justice Richard Banda SC (retired) among others.

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