Sadc Council of Ministers summit opens

HARARE - The Sadc Council of Ministers extraordinary summit focusing on industrialisation opened in Harare today.

It will consider progress made by the subregion on the industrialisation strategy and roadmap.

Stergomena Lawrence Tax, the Sadc executive secretary, said the strategy will guide the entire region in its quest for socio-economic transformation through industrialisation.

She said the regional industrialisation strategy and roadmap - once approved by the summit - would set Sadc's path to industialisation and socio-economic prosperity.

“The strategy is anchored on three pillars, namely; industrialization as a champion of economic and technological transformation, competitiveness as an active process to move from comparative advantage edges, and regional intergration and geography as the context for industrial development and economic prosperity,” Tax said.

She said the strategy, premised on regional intergration, was an “important vehicle” to accelerate industrialization.

“Inorder to achieve this feat we have set ourselves, it is clear that the region is embarking on a long term project of economic and social transformation to be supported by concerted efforts and commitment," Tax said.

The strategy, which will be rolled out from 2015 to 2063 in three phases, was prepared by  Sadc member states with technical and financial support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and GIZ.

“Our goal as a region is clear, that is to ensure the realization of the strategy’s target of progressively higher rewards in income, employment and broader social well being,” Tax said.

Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, chairperson of the Council of Ministers and Zimbabwe's Foreign minister, said the strategy and roadmap's success will depend on partnerships between government and private sector.

“The roadmap spans over a period of 48 years (2015-2063). During this period, the Sadc region will see itself progress from being factor-driven to being investor driven (2021-2050) and beyond that to being an innovation-driven economy (2051-2063) with high levels of economic growth, competitiveness, incomes and employment,” he said.

Comments (6)

Not even a comment made about xenophobic attacks Shame on SADC

- - 27 April 2015

This is a dump squid . By 2063 all the current political leaders will be dead and who would take it forward . Why not put it within range from 2015-2020 so that we see tangible results within this period . This is a matter of using travelling expenses from the tax payer without regards of the results of the meeting

ahaa - 27 April 2015

SADC is an entirely useless entity. The afro-deadbeat members love to waffle and do nothing useful. Their favorite sport is to blame all others for their own very obvious deficiencies. Like the AU this institution is just another fat and loot creating gravy train. Regrettably there is still no sign of any logic and intelligence enhancement by these mentally stunted idiots.

Addmore Nyazamba - 27 April 2015

What a waste of time and money!

Freedom4Zim - 27 April 2015

We were better off under colonialist economically . Now Africa has no leaders and it has had no leaders after decolonisation serving for Mandela . These confused people can not seat and be serious and look at the causes of many africans fleeing their countries some flee as far as Europe sometimes dying in masses during transit in oceans . Some die during xeno attacks as the citizens of those countries they enter try to defend their over stretched young economies . Do these so called council of ministers ask themselves why a country like SA which is only 21 years independent has to take responsibility of looking after all poor africans including those who have been independent for some 50 plus years who are supposed to be having booming economies by now .Actually South africans should be the ones looking for jobs from other african countries who got independent half a century ago while they were ruled by a govt which was under really sanctions not targeted sanctions .What makes these so called leaders not to realise that bad governance is the one destroying the continent . They have supported dictators like Mugabe who wins elections by killing his opponents .s supporters . They fail to discourage tribalism in which african presidents are elected on bases that they must be from the the tribe that makes the majority no matter how idiot is the person eg in Kenya where someone who is accused of committing genocide was voted president and surely that tells the world africans do not know what is the meaning of voting bcoz leaders have not bothered to tell them why they should vote. and what type of leaders to vote for . In 2013 Zuma was quick to say Mugabe won when the whole world knew that he never . We have bad lucky as a continent bcoz we have no leaders to lead us to better future .

Diibulaanyika - 27 April 2015

For how long are these guys going to meet to come up with new ideas of milking their poor African servants. Who is going to foot their expense bill. SADC has become a social club which is just not registered. We should not expect these guys to talk about the recent xenophobic attacks in SA. They are coming up with a 48 year plan because they know fairly well that they would all be gone and there will be nobody answerable to the blunders. What a continent.

tafirenyika - 27 April 2015

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