The annual SADC Industrialisation Week (SIW) is a public-private engagement platform aimed at fostering new opportunities for intra-African trade and investment in the Southern Africa region. The event is hosted as a precursor to the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit and its outputs are reported to the annual SADC Ministers’ Meetings.


The SADC Council of Ministers directed the SADC Secretariat in coordination with the Member States to intensify engagement with the Private Sector in order to accelerate the implementation of the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap.

The Council also endorsed that the SADC Industrialisation Week (SIW) be convened annually, alongside the SADC Ordinary Summit. 

The inaugural annual SIW was held in Matsapha, Eswatini in the margins of Council on 23 – 26 August 2016 under the theme “Resource Mobilization for Investment in Sustainable Energy Infrastructure for Inclusive SADC Industrialisation for the Prosperity of the Region”. 

The second event (SIW2017) was held on 10 – 14 July  2017 at Sunninghill in South Africa in the margins of the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State And Government under the theme “Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value-Chains”.

The third event (SIW2018) was held in Windhoek, Namibia as a precursor to the  38th SADC Summit of Heads of State And Government under the theme “Promoting Infrastructure and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”.

This year, SIW2019 will be held in Dar Es Salaam, the United Republic of Tanzania as a precursor to the  39th SADC Summit of Heads of State And Government. The theme for this year will be “A conducive business environment for inclusive and sustainable industrial development”.

1st SIW 2016
2nd SIW 2017
3rd SIW 2018
4th SIW 2019
1st SIW 2016

The first SIW event was held in Matsapha, Eswatini in 2016. The event produced the Esibayeni declaration which acknowledges that; hard and soft infrastructure shortcoming must always be addressed together.


  • That policy certainty, including stability, predictability, consistency and transparency is a prerequisite to attract investment for regional industrialization, regardless of sector or scale. Large companies and SMEs from all sectors demand policy certainty regarding the use of tariffs, fees and levies at borders; mining houses and agro-processors called for stable and predictable export regimes, and infrastructure developers and agro-enterprises raised the need for consistent and transparent land use rights.
  • That prioritization and sequencing is the key to successful implementation. Prioritization should consider geographical links, opportunities for incremental implementation to allow for short-term gains, and industry-specific requirements for value chains.
  • That enabling trade through the removal of non-tariff barriers, coordinated border management and a solid regional transit system is a prerequisite for industrialization.

2nd SIW 2017

The second SIW event was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2017. The event produced the Sunninghill declaration which acknowledges that conventional policy approaches are not always appropriate for rapidly changing conditions. Responsible policymaking requires considered research and groundwork, considering the evolving regional political economy.

  • Acknowledge the inequalities that exist within Member States, and particularly between Member States in SADC and states that, only through genuine deeper regional integration, can smaller and weaker economies can overcome their limitations.
  • That regional protocols, strategies and plans must be implemented at a domestic level, subject to the sensitivity to the changing socio-political, economic and technological environments.
  • That it is essential to develop common awareness among the public and private sectors on the main elements of ‘quality of infrastructure’ for SADC (and the African context), assessing the net long-term benefits and trade-offs.

3rd SIW 2018

The third SIW event was held in Windhoek, Namibia in 2018. The event produced the Windhoek declaration.


  • That the process of registering and marketing new medicines in the region is long (taking up to 5 years). Private sector urged the Member States to shorten the lead times in the registration of pharmaceutical products (medicines and health commodities) in order to attract new investments in pharmaceuticals;
  • A call for SADC Ministers of Energy to issue a Statement of Intent on Cooperation on Development of Regional Gas
  • Request for the establishment of a Regional Gas Committee which will include the private sector, and develop a Regional Gas Master Plan;
  • An agreement by the private sector to proceed with the establishment of the SADC Business Council as the overarching structure to engage with the SADC public sector;
  • Request for the finalisation of the SADC Regional Mining Vision to provide policy guidance in positioning the region as a global player in mining value chains.


At the SADC Heads of State Summit in 2018, one of the outcomes from the Windhoek Declaration recommended the establishment of a Regional Gas Committee to develop a Regional Gas Masterplan. As a result, the 38th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government issued a directive to the SADC Secretariat to operationalise the Regional Gas Committee and to develop the Regional Gas Master Plan. The call was also heeded by the private sector and through the SADC BC, a Regional gas taskforce was set as a platform for business to business dialogue on natural gas in SADC.

4th SIW 2019

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