Malawi President Mrs Joyce Banda has been elected Deputy Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Delegates to the 14-member regional grouping elected Banda at the end of the summit to deputize President Amando Emilio Gebuza of Mozambique who was the host.
The election of Malawi President to be deputy chairperson means that the next SADC summit will be held in Malawi next August.
Speaking at the end of the summit President Banda told delegates that Malawi is ready to host the summit.
“When we were preparing for the African Union Summit that was scheduled to take place in my country this year, little did we know that we were preparing for a meeting of our own. Malawi is ready to host the Sadc meeting and I invite you all to the warm heart of Africa,” said President Banda.
Meanwhile, State House Press Officer Brian Banda told Nyasa Times from Mozambique that President Banda returns home Sunday the 19th of August 2012 through Lilongwe.
She will address a news conference at New State House from 4pm, according to Brian Banda.
This was the first Sadc meeting to be attended by President who assumed Office after the then leader Bingu wa Mutharika passed away.
In her maiden speech to the summit, Banda thanked her fellow Heads of State for the support that they have given to Malawi.