Last updated: July 25, 2019.
Tanzania through the Ministry of Industry and Trade will host the 4th Southern African Development Community (SADC) industrialization week from August 5th to 9th 2019 in Dar es Salaam.
Theme for the 4th SADC industrialization week is “A Conducive Business Environment for Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development”.
The SADC Council of Ministers endorsed the convening of the annual SADC industrialization week to intensify engagement with various partners, including the private sector in order to accelerate the implementation of the SADC industrialization strategy and road map 2015- 2063.
The SADC industrialization week is a public-private engagement platform that helps to foster new opportunities for intra-African trade and investment in the southern African region.
Last year, the SADC industrialization week was held in Windhoek, Namibia under the theme: “Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development”.
The event is being co organised by the SADC Secretariat, Tanzania Ministry of Industry and Trade and the SADC Business Council through the interim Secretariat of the NEPAD Business Foundation.
The sectors earmarked to participate in the 2019 industrialization week include; mineral beneficiation, agro processing, pharmaceuticals, fast moving consumer goods, infrastructure and logistics (to support trade and investment), light manufacturing, automotive and the financial sector.
The SADC industrialization week will be followed with the SADC summit of Heads of State and government scheduled to take place in Dar es Salaam from August 17th to 18th 2019.
During the meeting which will be attended by more than 1,000 delegates, President John Magufuli will take over the chairmanship of SADC.
President Magufuli was nominated Vice Chairman for SADC for a period of between August 2018 to August 2019 during the 38th summit of Heads of State and government of SADC that was held in Windhoek, Namibia last year, and attended by Vice President, Samia Suluhu.
The current chairman of SADC, Namibian President Hage Geingob assumed the leadership of the regional organisation from his South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa in August 2018.
SADC has a total of 16 member states namely, Comoros, Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Seychelles, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.