New SADC Chairperson pledges to drive forward the Industrialisation Agenda

Following two days of deliberations during the 37th SADC Summit for Heads of States and Government, numerous strategic decisions have emerged expecting to lead to new actions for the benefit of member states of the region.

During the meetings, President Danny Faure made several interventions focusing on priority areas of strong interest to Seychelles

 

 

During the meetings, President Danny Faure made several interventions focusing on priority areas of strong interest to Seychelles. These include supporting the admission of the Union of Comoros in SADC, HIV/AIDS, the drugs scourge, and the industrilisation process of the region to bolster its economic growth.One the first day of the Summit Heads of States discussed the socio-economic situation in the region, the performance of the SADC economy, gender and development, and food security in the region. The final day of the Summit saw further discussions on important decisions relating to the admission of the Union of Comoros into the SADC Family, African Union Institutional Reforms, and as a conclusion the Summit’s Communique was unanimously adopted.Namibia was elected Vice-Chair of SADC and declared that they will host the Summit in 2018.

regional Industrialisation and integration, through various potential growth paths including – agro-processing and mineral beneficiation.

The new Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) His Excellency President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa has pledged to drive forward the SADC Industrialisation Agenda, building on the remarkable progress made by his predecessor, His Majesty King Mswati III of the Kingdom of Swaziland. President Zuma assumed the Chairpersonship of SADC from King Mswati III on 19th August 2017 at the opening of the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government held at O R Tambo Building, Pretoria in the Republic of South Africa.In his acceptance speech, President Zuma said South Africa would use its Chairpersonship to drive regional Industrialisation and integration, through various potential growth paths including – agro-processing and mineral beneficiation.

“We will promote a Member State driven process through an industrial development forum to facilitate the identification of cross border projects that will strengthen regional value chains and contribute to the development of the region”

“The key activities during our chairmanship will be the development of a high impact annual operation plan with targeted interventions and public policy tools to foster the development of regional value chains in agro processing, pharmaceuticals and mineral beneficiation,” said President Zuma. “Secondly, we will promote a Member State driven process through an industrial development forum to facilitate the identification of cross border projects that will strengthen regional value chains and contribute to the development of the region,” he said, adding that concerted efforts will be needed in resource mobilisation if the region is to achieve desired targets, particularly the Industrialisation Agenda it is embarking on.

The SADC Chairperson noted that the theme of the 37th SADC Summit; partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value chains, is a continuation of the industrialization trajectory of the last three summits hosted by Zimbabwe in 2014, Botswana in 2015, and Swaziland in 2016.

President Zuma said as a contribution towards capacity building in the region, South Africa would support Swaziland’s initiative of establishing the SADC University of Transformation, which is mandated with delivering educational training using the vocational education training model.

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