SADC Industrialisation Week kicks off in Malawi to foster new opportunities for intra-African trade and investment in the region

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SADC Industrialisation Week kicks off in Malawi to foster new opportunities for intra-African trade and investment in the region
SADC Industrialisation Week kicks off in Malawi to foster new opportunities for intra-African trade and investment in the region

Africa-Press – Kenya. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat, the Republic of Malawi and the SADC Business Council, is hosting the 5th annual SADC industrialisation Week (SIW) from 22-26 November 2021 at Bingu Wa Mutharika International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi.

This year’s event will allow for both physical and virtual participation because of COVID-19. H.E Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, President of the Republic of Malawi and H.E Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, President of the Republic of Mozambique, will grace the Official Opening Ceremony of SIW 2021.

The SADC industrialisation Week is an annual public-private engagement platform to foster new opportunities for intra-African trade and investment. The theme for this year is ‘Bolstering Productive Capacities in the Face of COVID 19 Pandemic for Inclusive, Sustainable Economic and Industrial Transformation’ explicitly focusing on the following:

The SADC industrialisation Week format features keynote addresses from high profile speakers on a wide range of themes and topics; panel discussions with industry experts and project owners; break-away sessions of key topical concern; exhibitions; matchmaking for SMEs factory tours. This event’s recommendations and outputs will be included in the SIW declaration statement and presented to the SADC Council of Ministers. This body determines policy discussions for Heads of State and Government for action.

In addition, the event will feature two side events with a specific focus on “Promoting Small Pelagic Fish Value Chains to Safeguard and Enhance the Contribution of Sustainable and Healthy Food Systems, Inclusive Economic Development and Regional Integration in the African Great Lakes 9AGLs)”; and Support to Industrialisation and Productive Sectors (SIPS) Programme Stakeholder Engagement. It is a SADC Programme supported by the European Union (EU) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to facilitate the expansion of regional value chains and promote dialogue between the private and public sectors.

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