Windhoek - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is taking a lead in helping the African Union (AU) implement its Agenda 2063.
AU’s Agenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. It builds on, and seeks to accelerate the implementation of past and existing continental initiatives for growth and sustainable development.
Agenda 2063 is the blueprint and master plan for transforming Africa into the global powerhouse of the future.
The success of Agenda 2063 rests on the success of African regional strategies. It is because of this that SADC developed an Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap (2015-2063).
This strategy is anchored on three pillars: industrialisation, competitiveness and regional integration. It covers the years 2015 to 2063, which is a deliberate policy decision to align it with the African Union Agenda 2063.
Phase I of the period covers the remaining period of the Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) of 2015-2020 and constitutes a period of active frontloading of the industrial development and market integration component of the RISDP and related infrastructure and services support to industrialisation.
Officials from the AU and SADC met in Gaborone, Botswana, this week to discuss Agenda 2063. Although the information emanating from the meeting was still sketchy, The Southern Times understands that the meeting was to provide an overview of how SADC is doing in terms of its regional strategy, which is crucial to Agenda 2063.
“The ministerial follow-up committee meeting on implementation of Agenda 2063 together with other African Union executives was to provide technical oversight on the implementation of Agenda 2063,” said the SADC Secretariat.
AU’s Agenda 2063 cannot be implemented without the success of continental regional strategies.
The SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap (2015-2063) was developed and approved in Harare, Zimbabwe, in April 2015.
In order to give impetus to the industrialisation process, the SADC Heads of State and Government Summit also approved the RISDP 2015-2020, which prioritises industrial development and market integration.
It places industrialisation at the centre of the regional integration agenda and directed the Secretariat to develop a Costed Action Plan for implementing the industrialisation strategy. The action plan was developed and approved in March 2017.
The strategy seeks to economically and technologically transform SADC through beneficiation and value addition to the region’s diverse resources. It seeks to address the development challenges of the region by progressively moving from a factor-driven development phase to investment and efficiency-driven phase, and ultimately to a high a regional economy driven by knowledge, innovation and business sophistication.