By Vision reporter
President Yoweri Museveni is in the Democatric Republic Congo capital Kinshasa, for the 17th summit of the COMESA and joins other heads of state and governments to discuss issues affecting the continent's development.
Museveni who is the current chairperson of COMESA is expected to handover the chairmanship of the body to President Joseph Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who is the host of the summit.
He was received at Kinshasa International Airport by the DR Congos’ minister for health, Felix Kabange Numbi. Others included Uganda’s minister of State for International Relations Okello Oryem and Uganda’s Ambassador to the DRC James Kinobe.
The summit is being held under the theme, “Consolidating Intra-Comesa Trade and Through Micro-Small and Medium Enterprise Development”.
According to reports, the meeting is expected to deliberate the status of implementation of the COMESA Free Trade Area, progress on the Implementation of the COMESA Customs Union and COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agenda. Other issues expected to dominate the agenda include; peace and security, infrastructure programmes, agriculture and the environment.
Uganda hosted he last summit on November 23 and 24, 2012 under the theme ‘Enhancing Intra-COMESA Trade through Micro, Small and medium, Enterprises Development’.