Newspapers in Trinidad & Tobago report that president Rupiah Banda is scheduled to address the Commonwealth Business Forum in that country next week.
The Zambian government has not yet confirmed whether President Banda will travel to Trinidad next week after returning from Italy Yesterday.
But media in the host country are positive that president Banda will be among heads of States to address the Business forum.
According to media in that country, Trinidad prime minister Patrick Manning will head a list of political and economic dignitaries who will address the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) on board the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Serenade of the Seas at the Port-of-Spain port from November 23 to 26.
The ship will dock at the Port-of-Spain port next to the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Centre which will be the main venue for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) from November 27 to 29. Manning, Grenada Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma and Organisation of American States (OAS) Secretary-General Jose Miguel Insulza will formally open the CBF at 9.30 am on November 23.
“Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Zambian President Rupiah Banda, Jamaica Prime Minister Bruce Golding and Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson are the other Commonwealth Heads of State carded to address the three-day forum,’ reports one of the newspapers.
BP Group Chief Executive Dr Anthony Hayward, Cable and Wireless chairman Sir Allan Fields, Atlantic Tele-Network president. Arcelor Mittal CEO Lakshmi Mittal and CEO Michael Prior, Diamond Group chairman Dr Pascal Dozie and 2001 Nobel Prize winner (economics) Professor Joseph Stiglitz are included amongst the business and economic leaders who will address the CBF.
Meanwile, president of Gambia Yahya Jammeh is not going to next week’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Port-of-Spain.
The Gambian delegation to the CHOGM will be led by Gambian Foreign Affairs Minister Ousman Jammeh. The ministry did not indicate whether the minister and the president are relatives.