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Namibia Urges Media Coordination at the SADC 38th Summit
Southern Times
June 13, 2018
By Sharon Kavhu

Windhoek- The Ministry of Information Communication Technologies (MICT) has urged the media to coordinate effectively in the coverage of the 38th Summit of SADC Heads of States scheduled for August 17 in Windhoek.

Briefing the media on Tuesday, MICT Permanent Secretary Mbeuta Ua- Ndjarakana has urged the media to thoroughly  cover the event starting with pre-summit, during the summit and the post-summit effectively.

“Our sister countries have been doing a great job in terms of media coverage in the previous summits and we have to maintain that, and do even better. We need to give the next SADC Chairmanship a tough time in meeting the standards of our media coverage, summit branding and visibility,” said the PS.

“We should effectively coordinate in the covering and all the materials we may need after sessions will be provided in the media center at the venue. It is also important for the media people to have intensive pre-summit coverage, during the summit and after the summit.”

This year's summit will be held under the theme: ‘Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development’.

Meanwhile Ua- Ndjarakana said preparations for the summit are underway and deadlines for budget submissions have already been set.

“We have started the preparations and currently, we are in the framework of readiness as sub committees are doing final touches on their proposals and budget.  The deadline of the budget submission is next week Thursday, as such by mid-July we would have reached the bottom of our readiness and done final polishing,” he said.

The MICT is part of the organizing sub-committee that is responsible for branding and visibility of the summit. The preparatory committee meeting was attended by a representative from the SADC Secretariat and MICT staff.

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