The Heads of State and Government of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), meeting in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, on 19th October, 2017 under the theme “Fast-Tracking Implementation of the Pact to Facilitate Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region” to review the political and security situation in the region at the invitation of H.E. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, President of the Republic of Angola and outgoing Chairman of the ICGLR Summit;
His Excellency Denis Sassou Nguesso, Incoming Chairperson and host of the 7th Summit welcomed the ICGLR Heads of State and Government and other delegates to the Republic of Congo, and paid tribute to the Outgoing Chairperson of ICGLR, H.E. João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço of the Republic of Angola and the immediate
Former President H.E. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, for having provided excellent leadership to the Region during his tenure.
The Summit recalled the decisions of the last Ordinary Summit held in Luanda, Angola, on 14th June, 2016 to review the political and security situation in the Region and took note of the progress made in the implementation of the Pact over the last one year since the last Summit.
The Summit Congratulated His Excellency João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, on his election as the President of the Republic of Angola and His Excellency Paul Kagame, on his re-election as the President of the Republic of Rwanda.
The Summit reiterated its primary responsibility to finding lasting solutions to peace and security challenges in the region and reaffirmed its strong commitment to the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region and its related Protocols;
Having considered the recommendations of the Meetings of the Regional Inter-Ministerial Committee (RIMC) held on the 15th to 16th October, 2017, Meetings of the Committee of Ministers of Defence on the 11th October, 2017 and the Meeting of Ministers of Mines held on 21st October, 2016 all in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, the Summit decided as follows: