President Rupiah Banda will on Wednesday November 4, 2009 leave for Bujumbura, Burundi to chair the two-day International Conference on Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) summit.
His press Aide Dickson Jere has confirmed that president Banda, who is Chairperson of the ICGLR, is expected to spearhead the summit jointly with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Ugandan President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, which is aimed at raising funds for the implementation of the 2006 Pact on Security, Stability and Development.
The three Heads of State forms a Troika on the Great Lakes Region by virtue of their positions. President Banda is current Chairman of the Great Lakes Region while President Kibaki and President Museveni are immediate past and in-coming Chairman of the regional grouping, respectively
The Roundtable Conference on the Great Lakes Region is a follow-up meeting from the 3rd Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Lusaka, Zambia in August 2009 where President Banda was elected Chairman of the bloc.