SADC Industrialisation Week (day 1) - Acceleration of NEPAD PIDA and SADC RIDMP Infrastructure Projects
Infrastructure development is the linchpin to boosting the levels of intra-African trade in sub-Sahara Africa from the current 15% of total trade in the region. The achievement of this goal is in line with the focus of the NEPAD Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa Capacity Building Project (PIDA-CAP) funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB). This is why the SADC Secretariat with the support of the NEPAD Agency is working closely with key partners to enhance the capacity of the SADC Secretariat in order to fast-track the implementation of the PIDA priority infrastructure projects in the SADC Region, which are also part of the SADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan (RIDMP).
As part of the SADC Industrialisation Week, the SADC Secretariat, NEPAD Agency and the NBF hosted a consultative event on regional infrastructure projects on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 in Swaziland. The event was themed ‘Private sector Consultation/Pre-Market – Sounding Workshop’, and was developed as a follow-up to the ‘SADC-PIDA Acceleration Programme: Ministers’ Meeting for Beira and North-South Development Corridors’ which was hosted earlier this year in Victoria Falls, in Zimbabwe.
The focus of the session was to build on the lessons learnt from the Central Corridor acceleration experience and to scope and identify project opportunities for private sector participation. During the meeting, the SADC Secretariat and the NEPAD Agency provided background to the process executed by the Victoria Falls task force, and Ministerial meetings to arrive at a preliminary shortlist of 38 projects and went on to clarify the process followed by IOS consultants to filter the preliminary shortlist and arrive at the 10 proposed phase 1 projects that have high implementation readiness.
The Southern Africa Business Forum (SABF) in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat will be hosting the Second Annual SABF Conference on Wednesday, 24 August 2016 in Swaziland.
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To register for the second SABF Conference, please select from one of the three parallel sessions below. All delegates will attend the main plenary and then separate into breakaway sessions.
As a response to the business community interests to have more input in the Southern African regional trade and industrial policy formulation, the Southern African Business Forum (SABF) was established as a coordinating platform to encourage and facilitate public-private development activities within the SADC region against the backdrop of regional industrialisation. Launched in August 2015 on the margins of the SADC Heads of State Summit in Botswana, the SABF has since established a secretariat that resides at the NEPAD Business Foundation.
On Wednesday,24 August 2016, during the inaugural SADC Industrialisation Week, held in Swaziland, over 200 private sector representatives from across the region gathered for the Second Annual Southern Africa Business Forum (SABF) Conference. The SABF Conference was the highlight of the SADC Industrialisation Week and took place on the margins of SADC’s 36 thw Ordinary Summit of Heads of State (31 st August and 1 st September 2016) where King Mswati III is taking on the responsibility as Chairperson of SADC.
The four key points highlighted in the Declaration include:
1. Hard and soft infrastructure shortcomings must always be addressed together. Hard infrastructure is only as useful as the regulatory environment that surrounds it, and either permits or hampers its utilisation.
2. Policy certainty, including stability, predictability, consistency and transparency is a prerequisite to attract investment for regional industrialisation, 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.
3. Prioritisation and sequencing is the key to successful implementation. Prioritisation should take into account geographical links, opportunities for incremental implementation to allow for short-term gains and industry-specific requirements to support priority value chains.
4. Enabling trade through the removal of non-tariff barriers, coordinated border management and a solid and efficient regional transit system is a prerequisite for industrialisation in all sectors.
The NEPAD Business Foundation will be hosting its seventh Annual General Meeting on Monday, 15 August 2016 at the Nedbank Executive Dining Room, Ground Floor Block C, 135 Rivonia Road in Sandton from 10h30 - 13h00.
The NBF's seventh AGM will host keynote speaker Ms. Graça Machel, founder of the Graça Machel Foundation andPatron of the NBF.
The theme for this year's AGM will be 'Transformative leadership by African governments, businesses and citizens' and will focus on Africa's long-term investment into educating and skilling the next generation in order to equip them with the tools necessary to achieve the 50-year targets set by the African Union's Agenda 2063.