BY CYNTA PHIRI 26/02/2014

PresidentJoyce Banda noted that peace and stability are very crucial in trade and economy in Africa when she was departing for the seventeenth Summit of the COMESA Authority of Heads of State and Government scheduled to take place on 26 and 27 February in Kinshasa, Democratic republic of Congo (DRC).image

Speaking on her departure at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) President Joyce Banda said she will attend a COMESA conference which will be attended by leaders from poorest nations in the world.

“I will be attending a COMESA summit in Congo and I will also be speaking at a conference in Nigeria. The conference will be attended by leaders from poorest nations in the world,” said Banda.

According to the Press statement published on State House Malawi’s Facebook page, from Kinshasa, Banda will go to Abuja, Nigeria where she will attend a One-Day Summit Level Conference as part of the centenary celebrations of the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates that formed Nigeria.

“The conference on 27 February, 2014 will feature the participation of over 21 heads of state and government and some eminent personalities from across the globe,” reads the statement in part.

The theme of the conference is ‘Consolidating Intra-COMESA Trade through Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development’.

Present at the Malawi Leader’s departure was Vice President Khumbo Kachali, First Gentleman Justice Richard Banda SC (retired) among others.