6th Annual SADC Industrialisation Week To Take Place August 2 – 6 2022 In Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo through the Ministry of Cooperation and Regional Integration and the Ministry of Trade will host the 6th Annual SADC Industrialisation Week (SIW) on 2-6 August, 2022 in Kinshasa, the country’s the capital city. The event will be held at the Parliament Building, under the theme “Promoting industrialisation through agro-processing, mineral beneficiation, and regional value chains for inclusive and resilient economic growth” . The SADC Industrialisation Week is an annual event which provides a platform for SADC Member States, Private Sector, International Cooperating Partners, multinational corporations, regional and global policy makers, research institutions and academia, Small and Medium Enterprises, Development Finance Institutions, and civil society to interact and share experiences on how best the region can contribute to poverty reduction through industrialisation and structural transformation of our economies.

The SADC Council of Ministers endorsed the convening of the annual SIW to intensify engagement with various partners, including the Private Sector in order to accelerate the implementation of the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2063. The event is co-organised by the SADC Secretariat, Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Cooperation and Regional Integration of the DRC, and the SADC Business Council.

The SIW aims to foster new opportunities for intra-African trade, developing cross border value chains, and identifying investment opportunities in Southern Africa. The 6th SIW will have presentations by industry experts and mandated government officials, parallel sessions, exhibitions and field visits to manufacturing and production economic areas as well as tourism site in the Congo River. The sectors earmarked to participate in the SIW include Mineral beneficiation, Agro processing, Pharmaceuticals, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Infrastructure and logistics, Light manufacturing, Automotive and Financial Sector.

The 2022 SIW will be the sixth event following the successful SIWs held in the Kingdom of Eswatini, Republic of South Africa, Republic of Namibia, United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Malawi, over the last five years. The event is also sponsored by the German Cooperation (BMZ) through the GIZ country office in Botswana, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance and promote intra-and extra-African trade and the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) created for the purpose of strengthening economic, financial and technical cooperation between the Arab and African regions.

Enquiries

  1. Dr Johansein Rutaihwa – Directorate of Industrial Development and Trade at the SADC Secretariat email jrutaihwa@sadc.int
  2. Nelao Sheila Haimbodi -Communication and Public Relations Unit – SADC Secretariat email nhaimbodi@sadc.int or Telephone +267 77846012

SADC in Brief

SADC is an organisation of 16 Member States established in 1980 as the Southern African Development Coordinating Conference (SADCC) and later, in August,1992 transformed into the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The mission of SADC is to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development through efficient, productive systems, deeper cooperation and integration, good governance and durable peace and security; so that the region emerges as a competitive and effective player in international relations and the world economy. Member States are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Issued by the SADC Secretariat on 01 August, 2022 Gaborone, Botswana

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