President Yoweri Museveni has flown to Luanda at the invitation of His Excellency José Eduardo dos Santos, President of the Republic of Angola and ICGLR Chairman for the 6th Ordinary Summit of ICGLR Heads of State and Government that will take place in Luanda, Angola on 14th June, 2016.
The President was seen off at Entebbe International Airport by the Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi, Head of Public Service, John Mitala, Chief of Defence Forces Gen. Katumba Wamala, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Okoth Ochola and Deputy Commissioner General of Prisons James Mwanje among others.
The Summit themed “Accelerating the effective implementation of the Pact and its Protocols for a more democratic and stable Great Lakes Region” will be preceded by the meeting of ICGLR Chiefs of Defence Forces on 10th June, 2016 followed by meeting of ICGLR Ministers of Defence on 11th June, 2016 and ICGLR Ministers of Foreign Affairs on 12th June, 2016.
Among others, the Ministers of Defence will consider the report of the meeting of Chiefs of Defence Forces who will receive the report of the ICGLR Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM); Report of the Military Experts Committee which conducted a military’s needs Assessment in the Central African Republic (CAR) on 10th to 15th March, 2016 and the report from the Guarantors comprising the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation (PSC) Framework for the DRC and the Region.
The Ministers will also receive briefing on the Security and humanitarian Situation in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Centre African Republic, Republic of Burundi, Republic of South Sudan and Republic of Sudan.
On the other hand the Ministers of Foreign Affairs will adopt the report of the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) meeting held on 11th February 2016 in Luanda, Angola; receive a presentation on the Report of Ministers of Justice and the updates on the implementation of the Regional Initiative on Natural Resources (RINR).
The Ministers will also receive presentation of a report from the Special Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to the Great Lakes Region on the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Ministerial meeting held in Addis Ababa, January, 2016 and the Private Sector Investment Conference held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo in February, 2016.
The Ministers will consider and recommend to the Summit the candidates for the position of ICGLR Executive Secretary following the end of tenure of the incumbent.
The last Ordinary Summit was held on 15th January, 2014 in Luanda, Angola.
According to reports, a new executive secretary and a deputy will also be elected during the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region.