SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY: Improving public private dialogue
Southern African IDEAS was commissioned by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana, to provide advice and support in the formulation of a strategy to improve public-private dialogue (PPD) in the region. This resulted in the submission of a strategy document to the SADC Ministerial Taskforce for Regional Integration in November 2011, entitled: Promoting Public-Private Dialogue in the Southern African Development Community; A Strategy for Greater Private Sector Involvement.
The aim of the strategy is to improve the inclusiveness, quality, frequency, and sustainability of dialogue between the structures of the SADC Secretariat and the business communities within the SADC Region.
PPD is a critical issue within the broader challenges of regional integration in Southern Africa. SADC’s Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) affirms the role of the private sector in wealth creation, employment generation and poverty reduction. It recognises that the private sector in the region is the “engine of growth” and includes strategies to integrate the private sector in policy and strategy formulation in order to accelerate and achieve sustainable regional economic integration.
A number of regional organisations were involved in this, including: the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCCI), the Federation of Clearing and Forwarding Agents Associations of Southern Africa (FCFAAS), the Federation of East and Southern African Road Transport Associations (FESARTA), the Mining Industry Associations of Southern Africa (MIASA), the Regional Tourism Association of Southern Africa, the SADC Business Forum, the SADC Employers Group (SEG), the Southern Africa Confederation of Agricultural Unions (SACAU), and the Southern African Enterprise Network (SAEN).
KEY WORDS: regional integration, public-private dialogue, PPD, SADC, private sector, Southern African