WINDHOEK, 14 JUN – The Namibian Government will spend an estimated N.dollars 50 million during the 38th ordinary Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit, which takes place in Windhoek on 17 and 18 August this year.
Namibia is set to assume the position of SADC Chair at the summit.
Briefing the Head of State, Hage Geingob on the preparations for the summit here on Wednesday, Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Tjekero Tweya said the preparations are being carried out in accordance with SADC procedures and the role a country assuming the chairmanship is expected to play.
“There is a need to come up with a paper that will unpack issues around the theme and recommend exactly what it is Namibia as a country wants to see achieved with the theme,” said Tweya, referring to the ‘Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development’ theme for the summit.
Highlighting some of the activities the money will be spent on, the minister said more than 200 vehicles will be required and approximately 200 protocol officers and drivers will be needed and will need to be trained in VIP driving and to suite the standards of the organisers. They will also be provided with uniforms.
About 70 rooms have been reserved at the four biggest local hotels, which include 31 luxury rooms and four presidential suites.
At the same occasion, President Hage Geingob said the theme should befit its meaning by involving the youth, private sector and relevant stakeholders.
The summit will be preceded by meetings of senior officials and council of ministries scheduled for 09 to 14 August, as well as the third SADC Industrialisation Week from 30 July until 01 August 2018.