Bujumbura, Burundi, 2 nd October, 2017: The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) will hold its 7th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government on 19th October, 2017 in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

The Summit, themed “Fast-Tracking the Implementation of the Pact to Ensure Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region”, will be preceded by the meeting of Financial Experts from Member States on 8th October, 2017 followed by the meeting of Chiefs of Intelligence and Chiefs of Defence Staff/Forces on 9th and 10th October, who will receive the report of the Joint Intelligence Fusion Centre (JIFC) and the Expanded Joint Verification Mechanism (EJVM) on security and humanitarian situation in the region respectively.

The Committee of Ministers of Defence from the Member States will meet on 11th October to receive the reports from the meetings of the Chiefs of Intelligence and Chiefs of Defence Staff/Forces.

On 13th to 14th October, the ICGLR National Coordinators will meet to among others receive the Report of the Conference Secretariat on ICGLR 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 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.

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.

ICGLR Member States includes the Republic of Angola, Republic of Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Kenya,

Republic of Rwanda, Republic of South Sudan, Republic of Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Zambia.

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