Burundi ready to host 2018 COMESA Summit

Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya was in Burundi this week from 24th to 26th January to check on preparations for hosting the 2018 COMESA Heads of State and Government summit to be held on 18and 19th April in Bujumbura.

The Chief of State Protocol in Burundi Ambassador ZephyrinManiratanga met Mr Ngwenya and assured him that all is set for the annual COMESA gathering.

Ambassador Maniratanga, added that the government and the people of Burundi are committed and ready to host the summit.

“We have no time to error,” Ambassador Maniratangasaid.

In a meeting with the National Organizing Committee, Mr Ngwenya observed that the government of Burundi is ready to host the 2018 COMESA Heads of State Summit citing the various interventions put in place regarding summit preparation.

He said the COMESA Secretariat will work with the government to ensure that all logistics such as the meeting venue, accommodation to cater for over 800 delegates and transport are in place. He advised that all preparations should be concluded by 15th February 2018.

“…..this summit will bring out two major events and this will mark history,” said MrNgwenya. Tunisia and Somalia are expected to join COMESA and secondly the Summit shall appoint a new Secretary General.Mr Ngwenya’s tenure is expected to end in July this year.

Ambassador Maniratanga, who is also the chairperson of the Summit organizing committee revealed that all delegates shall come to Burundi without VISAs and those from non-COMESA countries will be issued with letters to exempt them from acquiring VISAs into the country.

The Secretary General also paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of the Burundi National Assembly His Excellency Pascal Nyabenda. He thanked the Speaker for offering the Assembly premises as venue for the Summit.

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