Heads of states from the southern Africa regional bloc, Sadc, will today meet in the Democratic Republic of Congo for talks on economic growth and integration.
A dozen heads of state arrived in the capital, Kinshasa, on Tuesday to participate in the two-day summit, which opens on Wednesday.
The leaders will discuss how to promote industrialisation through the transformation of agriculture, the development of mineral resources and the development of value chains at the regional level.
DR Congo also intends to seek the assistance of the bloc to restore peace and security in its territory.
Another aim of the summit is the hand-over of the bloc leadership to the Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi by the current head of the bloc, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera.
The Congolese presidency tweeted pictures of some of the African leaders ahead of the summit: