The Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), meeting in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 19th October, 2017 under the theme “Fast-Tracking Implementation of the Pact to Facilitate Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region” to review the political and security situation in the region at the invitation of H.E. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola and outgoing Chairman of the ICGLR Summit;

His Excellency Denis Sassou Nguesso, Incoming Chairperson and host of the 7th Summit welcomed the ICGLR Heads of State and Government and other delegates to the Republic of Congo, and paid tribute to the Outgoing Chairperson of ICGLR, H.E. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of the Republic of Angola and the immediate Former President H.E. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, for having provided excellent leadership to the Region during his tenure.

The Summit recalled the decisions of the last Ordinary Summit held in Luanda, Angola, on 14th June, 2016 to review the political and security situation in the Region and took note of the progress made in the implementation of the Pact over the last one year since the last Summit.

The Summit Congratulated His Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, on his election as the President of the Republic of Angola and His Excellency Paul Kagame, on his re-election as the President of the Republic of Rwanda.

The Summit reiterated its primary responsibility to finding lasting solutions to peace and security challenges in the region and reaffirmed its strong commitment to the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region and its related Protocols;

Having considered the recommendations of the Meetings of the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) held on the 15th to 16th October, 2017, Meetings of the Committee of Ministers of Defence on the 11th October, 2017 and the Meeting of Ministers of Mines held on 21th October, 2016 all in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, the Summit decided as follows:

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Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 16th October, 2017: The Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC comprising Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region ICGLR met in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo on 15th to 16th October, 2017 under the chairmanship of H H.E. Jean Claude Gakosso, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Congo, preceding the Summit of the ICGLR Heads of State and Government to take place on 19th October, themed “Fast-Tracking the Implementation of the Pact to Ensure Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region”.

The meeting of the Ministers was preceded by meeting of Chiefs of Intelligence and Security Services, Chiefs of Defence Forces/Staff, National Coordinators and the Committee of Ministers of Defence all held in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

In his opening statement, H.E. Clement Mouamba, Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo, enumerated challenges faced the region and appreciated the work done so far in the implementation of the Pact to ensure peace prosperity and development in the Great lakes region. He expressed his gratitude to the Executive Secretary and his team for the dedication and commitment exhibited in the organization of the meetings so far. He congratulated the Republic of Angola for her successful tenure chairing the ICGLR, and pledged the sincere commitment of the Republic of Congo to steer the ICGLR in the next two years in its resolve to sustain regional security, stability and development.

In his Welcome statement, the incoming Chair of the RIMC H.E. Jean Claude Gakosso, welcomed his colleagues to Brazzaville and wished them a safe stay. He noted the importance of the meeting as the first following the ascension of the Republic of Congo to the chairmanship of the ICGLR. He expressed gratitude to the Republic of Angola for her successful tenure as the Chair of the ICGLR, and reiterated the keenness of the Republic of Congo to do the utmost during her chairmanship to advance the agenda of peace and stability as outlined in the ICGLR Pact. He appealed for collective intelligence and cooperation as Republic of Congo takes over the Chairmanship of the ICGLR

H.E Manuel Domingos Augusto, the Minister of External Relations of the Republic of Angola, and the outgoing Chair of RIMC, expressed appreciation to the Republic of Congo for hosting the meeting, and congratulated it for assuming the Chairmanship. He outlined the serious challenges that some Member States continue to face in the realm of security and stability, and stressed the importance of sustaining the collective efforts of the region in resolving them. He highlighted Republic of Angola’s achievements and constraints encountered during their tenure as the Chair of the ICGLR. He urged the ICGLR to project itself as an organization implementing projects for economic sustainability which shall enable the region to solve security and economic challenges. He pledged Republic of Angola’s continued commitment to the implementation of the Pact and advancing the ICGLR objectives of cementing peace, stability and development in the region. He called upon the RIMC to keep supporting the Conference Secretariat to enable it coordinate the implementation of the Pact.

On his part Amb. Zachary Muburi-Muita, the Executive Secretary of the ICGLR, reiterated the commitment of the ICGLR Secretariat and all of its organs to assisting the new Chair in advancing the objectives of consolidating peace and security in the region. He called for the reconstitution of the Troika to help resolution of emerging security challenges between the Summit. He further expressed appreciation to the outgoing Chair, the Republic of Angola, for a successful and eventful tenure leading the ICGLR.

The opening session was also addressed by Amb. Saidi Djinnit, Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General to the Great Lakes region. He highlighted that the UN special envoy has worked together with the ICGLR in resolving security and political challenges facing the DRC and the region.

 

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Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 11th October, 2017: The Ministers of Defence of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region ICGLR met in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo on 11th October, 2017 under the chairmanship of H.E. Charles Richard Mondjo, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Congo, to receive the report of the Committee of Ministers of Defence on security situation in the Great Lakes Region.

The meeting of the Committee of Ministers precedes the Summit of the ICGLR Heads of State and Government to take place on 19th October, themed “Fast-Tracking the Implementation of the Pact to Ensure Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region”.

In his opening statement, the Guest of Honour H.E. Gilbert Ondongo, Minister of State for Economy, Industry and Public Expenditure, representing the Prime Minister of the Republic of Congo, called on the Committee of Ministers of Defence to collectively address the security challenges disrupting the development of the ICGLR Member States and recommended the strengthening of the EJVM, JIFC, and JFM, as critical early warning and surveillance mechanisms. He congratulated the Republic of Angola for her successful tenure of chairing the ICGLR, and pledged the keen commitment of the Republic of Congo to steer the ICGLR in the next two years in its resolve to sustain regional security, stability and development.

In his remarks, Gen. Salviano De Jesus Cerqueira, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Angola, expressed his gratitude to the ICGLR Member States who supported Angola during her tenure as Chair of the ICGLR. He encouraged the meeting to continue working towards finding lasting solutions to the security challenges facing Burundi, CAR, South Sudan, and DRC.

In his welcoming remarks, H.E. Charles Richard Mondjo, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Congo, welcomed all delegations to the peaceful and beautiful city of Brazzaville. He congratulated H.E. Joao Goncalves Lourenco, President of the Republic of Angola and former Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of Defence for a remarkably successful tenure of service. He recounted the security challenges facing the region, including presence of negative forces in some Member States, and stressed the importance of strengthening the Mechanisms established to counter these nefarious activities.

On his part Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita, the ICGLR Executive Secretary thanked H.E. Denis Sassou Nguesso, the President of the Republic of Congo for his steadfast commitment to the ICGLR. He highlighted the security challenges facing the region, including the acts of terrorism, negative forces, insecurity and noted the on-going political and security challenges in some Member States, particularly in the eastern DRC, CAR, South Sudan, Burundi, and Sudan.

On 13th to 14th October, the ICGLR National Coordinators will meet to receive and discuss ICGLR Secretariat activities over the last one year; Status report of Member States contributions and presentation of the Study on the Status of Implementation of the Pact during the first ten years from 2006 to 2016 of the ICGLR existence. The National Coordinators meeting precedes the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) meeting comprising Ministers of Foreign Affairs who will meet on 15th to 16th October to prepare the agenda for the Summit.

During the Summit, the Republic of Congo will take over the ICGLR Chairmanship from the Republic of Angola. The ICGLR Troika is also expected to be reactivated.

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Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 10th October, 2017:  The Chiefs of Defence Forces/Staff of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region ICGLR met today 9th October, 2017 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo under the chairmanship of General Guy Blanchard Okoi, the Chief of General Staff of the Republic of Congo Defence Forces, to consider and adopt the report of the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism EJVM on security situation in the Great Lakes Region.

The meeting precedes the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of Defence  on 11th October; the meeting of the ICGLR National Coordination Mechanism on 13th to 14th October  and the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) meeting comprising Ministers of Foreign Affairs who will meet on 15th to 16th October to receive the report of the ICGLR National Coordinators and prepare the agenda for the Summit of the Heads of State and Government which will take place on 19th October, themed “Fast-Tracking the Implementation of the Pact to Ensure Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region”.

During the opening ceremony, the Guest of Honour, H.E Charles Richard Mondjo, Minister of Defence reminded the Chiefs of Defence Forces/Staff that by improving living conditions of the populations and a greater access to education can effectively prevent recurrence phenomena of enrolment in the negative forces and terrorist, which consolidate their roots in the fertile ground of insecurity. He encouraged the meeting to rigorously address security challenges facing the region and provide a report in preparation of the upcoming 7th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government.

In his remarks, Gen. Egidio de Sousa E Santos, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Angolan Defence Forces, representing Gen. Sachipengo Nunda, Chief of General Staff of Angolan Armed Forces and outgoing chairman, expressed his gratitude to the Chiefs of Defence Forces who supported Angola during its tenure. He encouraged the meeting to continue working towards finding lasting solutions to the security challenges facing Burundi, CAR, South Sudan, and DRC. He noted the unfinished work of neutralization of negative forces in the region such as the emerging Kamwena Nsapu Movement in the DRC, and the repatriation of ex combatants of M23 from Rwanda and Uganda.

On his part, the ICGLR Executive Secretary, Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita, highlighted terrorism, negative forces and insecurity as challenges facing the region particularly in the eastern DRC, CAR, South Sudan, Burundi, and Sudan.  He appealed to the distinguished Chiefs of Defence Forces/Staff to reflect on them and make actionable and practical recommendations to the Ministers of Defence.

In his welcoming remarks, the Chief of General Staff of Republic of Congo Armed Forces, Gen. Guy Blanchard Okoi, welcomed all delegations to the peaceful and beautiful city of Brazzaville. He congratulated Gen. Sachipengo Nunda and the Angola Armed Forces for a remarkably successful tenure as the Chair of the ICGLR Committee of Chiefs of Defence Forces/Staff and appealed for continued cooperation among CDFs in order to achieve the results of the rigorous analyses and recommendations emanating from the meeting as they be presented to the forthcoming meeting of the Committee of Ministers of Defence.

The Meeting was also attended by the Coordinator and experts of the Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre (JIFC), as well as the Commander and Deputy Commander of the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM).

During the Summit, the Republic of Congo will take over the ICGLR Chairmanship from the Republic of Angola. The ICGLR Troika is also expected to be reactivated.

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Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 9th October, 2017: The Regional Coordination Committee (RCC) of the Chiefs of Intelligence and Security Services of the Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) met today 9th October, 2017 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo to consider the report of the experts on assessment of security situation in the Great Lakes Region.

The meeting of Chiefs of Intelligence precedes the meeting of Chiefs of Defence Staff/Forces on 10th October; the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of Defence on 11th October and the meeting of the ICGLR National Coordination Mechanism on 13th to 14th October. The Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) meeting comprising Ministers of Foreign Affairs will meet on 15th to 16th October to prepare the agenda for the Summit of the Heads of State and Government which will take place on 19th October, themed “Fast-Tracking the Implementation of the Pact to Ensure Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region”.

During the opening ceremony, the Guest of Honour, H.E. Raymond Zepherini Mboulou, Minister of Interior and Decentralization reminded the Chiefs of Intelligence and Security Services that the security challenges in some of the ICGLR Member States disrupt the development trajectories of their countries and called for reliable and actionable intelligence to bring about security in the Member States and the region.

On his part the Deputy Executive Secretary Ambassador Vincente Muanda, highlighted the security challenges facing the region, including but not limited to acts of terrorism, negative forces and insecurity. He noted the ongoing security and political challenges in some Member States, particularly in the eastern DRC, CAR, South Sudan, Burundi, and Sudan, and appealed to the distinguished Chiefs of Intelligence and Security Services to reflect on them and make recommendations to the Ministers of Defence. He congratulated the Republic of Sudan on the lifting of sanctions by the United States, noting that the ICGLR has consistently called for their lifting because of their negative impact on the people of Sudan.

The RCC Chairperson and Administrator General of National Intelligence Agency (ANR) of the Democratic Republic of Congo Mr. Kalev Mutondo, noted that threats facing the region are fomented by external actors that work to instigate internal conflict, and it is therefore important that these threats are sufficiently analyzed and collectively addressed.

On his part, the Director General of the Republic of Congo Territory Surveillance Gen. Philippe Obara, called for collaborative action by all Member States to address the challenges and threats facing the region which hinders its path to development.

During the Summit, the Republic of Congo will take over the ICGLR Chairmanship from the Republic of Angola. The ICGLR Troika is also expected to be reactivated.

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Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 8th October, 2017: The opening ceremony of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) meeting of Financial Experts from Member States took place today 8th October, 2017 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

The expert meeting precedes series of meeting towards the Summit of ICGLR Heads of States and Government on 19th October, themed “Fast-Tracking the Implementation of the Pact to Ensure Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region”.

During the opening ceremony the Deputy Executive Secretary Ambassador Vincente Muanda who spoke on behalf of the Executive Secretary Ambassador Zachary Muburi-Muita, reaffirmed the ICGLR Secretariat and its Centre’s determination to live up to its mandate as stipulated in the Pact and count on expert’s technical support in considering both the budget and the audit reports.

On his part, Ambassador Jean Felix Makome who made a statement on behalf of the Republic of Congo National Coordinator reminded the experts that, the Dar es Salaam Declaration puts in the hands of the Member States Financial Experts the responsibility to provide technical expertise in the management of financial matters of the ICGLR.

The experts received a 2018/19 consolidated draft operational budget earmarked for recurrent expenditure and the report of the Special Fund for Reconstruction and Development (SFRD) purely funded for Programs and projects which apparently has not been replenished for several years.

The experts meeting will be followed by the meeting of Chiefs of Intelligence and Chiefs of Defence Staff/Forces on 9th and 10th October respectively and the Committee of Ministers of Defence of the ICGLR Member States on 11th October who will receive the reports from the meetings of the  Chiefs of Intelligence and Chiefs of Defence Staff/Forces.

The Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) meeting comprising Ministers of Foreign Affairs will hold its meeting on 15th  to 16th  October preceded by the meeting of ICGLR National Coordinators on 13th  to 14th  October.

During the Summit, the Republic of Congo will take over the ICGLR Chairmanship from the Republic of Angola. The ICGLR Troika is also expected to be reactivated.

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