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POST-CABINET BRIEFING UPDATE: Zimbabwe Prepares to Host the 44th SADC Summit

POST-CABINET BRIEFING UPDATE: Zimbabwe Prepares to Host the 44th SADC Summit

Zimbabwe is getting ready to host the 44th Southern African Development Community (SADC) Summit of Heads of State and Government on August 17-18, 2024. This event is a big step for regional cooperation and development.

The government has set up different teams to handle various tasks like transport, accommodation, security, media, health, and more. These teams are working hard to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Before the main summit, the 7th Annual SADC Industrialisation Week will take place from July 28 to August 2, 2024. The theme is “Promoting Innovation to Unlock Opportunities for Sustainable Economic Growth and Development Towards an Industrialised SADC.” Over 150 companies from different sectors will participate. The event will feature an Investment Conference opened by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

On August 18, two key events will happen: a tour of the Geo-Pomona Waste Management Project and the launch of the SADC Liberation Square at the Museum of African Liberation. President Mnangagwa will also give a public lecture at the University of Zimbabwe.

To support the summit, new infrastructure is being built in Mt. Hampden, including a power line and improvements to roads and water systems.

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The government reviewed progress on key projects for the first 100 days of 2024.

The Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Fisheries, Water and Rural Development reported that 141 dip tanks have been fixed, and 168 farmers have been trained in pig farming.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade shared updates on building and renovating embassies and residences in Abuja, Berlin, London, and Johannesburg.

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The government approved an agreement with Shelter-Afrique Development Bank to help provide affordable housing in Africa.

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SADC leaders held a virtual meeting to discuss the drought caused by El Niño. They launched a humanitarian appeal for at least $5.5 billion to support affected countries. President Mnangagwa explained Zimbabwe’s challenges and the steps being taken to help those affected.

President Mnangagwa attended the Korea-Africa Summit in Seoul, South Korea, to discuss shared growth, sustainability, and cooperation in various sectors.

He also attended the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, where he discussed economic cooperation and strengthening ties with Russia.

The Minister of Health and Child Care reported an increase in influenza cases, which is normal for this time of year. It is not a COVID-19 outbreak. People are advised to practice good hygiene and avoid crowds.

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