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”.
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.
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