Organisational heads of the SADC Secretariat and the SADC Business council (SADC BC) recently met to discuss the on-going collaboration between the two regional organs.
“SADC industrialisation must become a priority for all, and local private sector must enhance manufacturing capabilities through building a strong portfolio in key sectors including mining, pharmaceuticals and agro-processing,” said Her Excellency Dr Stergomena Lawrence Tax, Executive Secretary of the SADC Secretariat at the meeting.
Also in attendance was Mr Peter Varndell, Executive Secretary of the SADC BC and Mr. Eduardo Sengo (who came as a representative for Mr Agostinho Vuma, the recently appointed Chairperson of the SADC BC).
During discussions regarding the operationalisation of the SADC BC, it was agreed that the constitution of the organ will be guided by elements of the SADC Treaty, including other statutory documents such as the legal instruments, the SADC Vision 2050 and Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020-30.
“Enhanced engagement between the regional private sector and the Member States is vital for the economic transformation of the region. Especially when it comes to deliberation on pertinent topics such as the free trade zones and industrialisation agenda, as well as removal of trade barriers,” said Mr Sengo.
The two organisations are currently preparing for the Annual SADC Industrialisation Week (SIW) events which will be hosted in Mozambique and Malawi respectively this year.