WINDHOEK, 17 APR. – President Hage Geingob on Tuesday flew to the United Kingdom (UK) to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and Windsor.
A statement issued by the Presidency on Tuesday said the CHOGM is scheduled to take place from 16 to 20 April 2018 under the theme ‘Towards our Common Future’.
The meeting features four sub-themes focusing on climate change and its impact; the promotion and protection of democratic principles, including the Commonwealth’s shared vision of democracy; good governance; human rights and rule of law.
“Moreover, the summit will discuss security threats such as terrorism, human trafficking, cyber-crime and serious organised crime,” the statement said.
Geingob will also have side-meetings with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, in a courtesy visit.
The Head of State will visit technology facilities of the De Beers Group at Maidenhead-Berkshire, where he will hold a meeting with the leadership on Saturday.
“President Geingob will participate in the Commonwealth Business Forum Summit Roundtable with senior business leaders,” the statement concluded.
The CHOGM is a biennial summit meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations.
The meeting is chaired by that nation’s Prime Minister or President who becomes the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office until the next meeting.
Vanuatu was supposed to host this year’s summit but it was moved to the UK after the island nation was no longer able to host the event owing to damage done by Cyclone Pam on its infrastructure.