African leaders including Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma have converged in Luanda, Angola to attend the 6th Ordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR).
Themed “Accelerating the effective implementation of the Pact and its Protocols for a more democratic and stable Great Lakes Region”, the summit is expected to assess and evaluate the political and security situation in the region.
The ICGLR is a sub-regional inter-governmental organisation bringing together 12 countries of the Great Lakes region — namely Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Angola, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Sudan and Zambia.
The summit was formed in recognition of the need for the states in the Great Lakes region to work together in promoting sustainable peace and development.
While South Africa is not a member of the grouping‚ the country is invited as an observer "largely due to her extensive and long-term involvement in the peace-making and peace-keeping process in the Great Lakes Region"‚ the presidency said in a statement.