Zuma has observer status at Great Lakes summit in Luanda

President Jacob Zuma is among the dozen heads of state at the gathering.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Regional development tops the agenda of the Sixth Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, that's opened in Luanda.

President Jacob Zuma is among the dozen heads of state at the gathering.

He has observer status.

In this often volatile region, security will be a preoccupation of the leaders who have gone behind closed doors to adopt a budget.

They also have to elect a new executive secretary and confirm Angola's presidency of the group for another term.

Drawing on its experience, Angola has been focusing on promoting an agenda for prevention and settlement of conflicts in the world, through peaceful means and dialogue.

In Africa, this includes South Sudan, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).