SADC ministers chart new industrialisation strategy

THE Council of Ministers in the SADC region is sitting in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, to implement a regional roadmap for industrialization as the means of strengthening the economies in the region.

Speaking during the official opening of the two-day meeting, chairperson for Council of Ministers, Dr Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, said the ministers were tasked to consider and recommend the SADC industrialization strategy and roadmap for approval by the extraordinary summit of SADC heads of state and government tomorrow. Dr Mumbengegwi said the Council of Ministers were meeting to finalise their programme, saying the draft of the industrialization and trade roadmap should be undertaken at national level.

“Last month, the Council met to review the progress report of the ministerial taskforce on regional integration on the development of the draft strategy and roadmap for industrialization as mandated by the 34th SADC summit that was held in August last year,” Dr Mumbengegwi said.

Dr Mumbengegwi explained that the draft recognized that industrial policy formulation and implementation would largely be undertaken at the national level and that its success would depend on forging effective partnerships between the individual governments and the private sector.

He said the plan also sought to engender major economic and technological transformation at national and regional levels, aimed at accelerating growth and enhancing comparative and competitive advantages of the economies.

And SADC executive secretary Stergomena Tax said he was confident that once the regional industrialization strategy and roadmap were approved by the summit, it would set the region’s path to industrialization and the socio-economic prosperity of citizens.

She said the strategy was anchored on three pillars that included industrialization as the champion of economic and technological transformation, among others. Dr Tax said the strategy was premised on the fact that the regional integration was an important vehicle to accelerate industrialization which he said was a catalyst for economic infrastructure advancement.

She said SADC would continue to be guided by its founding vision to create a community with common values, future and destiny underpinned by decent jobs and high standards of living of its citizens. Zambia was represented by Foreign Minister Harry Kalaba, Commerce and Trade Minister Margaret Mwanakwatwe, Deputy Finance Minister Christopher Mvunga, Lusaka Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta, Commerce and Trade permanent secretary Siakalenge Siazonga, Zambian High Commissioner to Zimbabwe Ndiyoyi Mutiti, and other Government officials. And President Edgar Lungu is today expected in Zimbabwe to join other SADC heads of State at the summit tomorrow.


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2 Responses to “SADC ministers chart new industrialisation strategy”

  1. Mwansa Kabinga says:


    SADC leaders are expected to deal with the issue of xenophobia with an informed mindset.

    History will help the people of the SADC region appreciate the pangs and agony that the South African Government is experiencing. Zambia, in particular, must exhibit some wisdom.

    1. At times when the African National Congress of South African was waging the freedom struggles along side with MPLA of Angola, SWAPO of Namibia, ZAPU/ZANU of Zimbabwe, and FRELIMO of Mozambique, the ANC sought political refuge in Tanzania and Zambia. Nyerere and Kaunda sacrificed a lot to help our brothers and sisters organise freedom fights from these states. Apparently, Kamudzu Banda was then the darling of the white regimes in South Africa, Britain and USA for openly dealing business with white-ruled South Africa. It is for this reason that South Africa built a modern Capital of Lilongwe in appreciation of Banda’s friendly links with South Africa. This should never be an excuse for Zambians to flock into South Africa and neglect the development of Mother Zambia.

    2. When Kamuzu Banda faced rebellions with his own Malawi Congress Party, most rebels (Kanyama Chiume, Orton Chirwa, Henry Chipembere, Willy Chokani, Mrs. Chibambo etc) fled Malawi to seek refuge in Zambia, Tanzania and USA. Since, Chipembere was a Yao, most Yaos fled Malawi to seek refuge in South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia,

    3. When Mugabe took over the reigns of Zimbabwe, his ZANU-Patriotic Front harassed members of Nkomo’s ZAPU in Matebeleland. This was Phase 1 that triggered political migration of Zimbabwean nationals to other neighbouring contries. Phase 2 that led to Zimbabweans migrate to South Africa is Mugabe;s own intolerance of the opposition in his country. This led to thousands of Zimbabwean nationals migrate to earn a secure living in South Africa.

    4. When Mozambique got its independence from Portugal, The white regime in South Africa – conniving with the extreme right-wing Portuguese elements created RENAO to frustrate Samora’s Government in Mozambique. RENAMO was brutalised many Mozambicans who fled to seek refuge in Eastern Province of Zambia while many migrated to South Africa.

    5. In the 1980s many university graduates, technicians and nurses escaped the poorly-managed economy in Zambia to migrate out of the country in search of what they termed “GREENER PASTURES”. Many migrated to South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia – but the majority preferred to go into South Africa.

    Causes of mass migration by Africans into South Africa will not be understood by ordinary young South Africans. History is not well taught in the SADC region for our people to appreciate the roots of problems South Africa is experiencing.

    (a) The phenomenon of xenophobia must prompt the Zambian Government to develop agro-based industries to create jobs for our young people.

    (b) The Zambian Government must establish State of Art Medical Clinics well equipped with modern medical facilities at par with what exist in best Clinics found in South Africa, India and Israel, For a start, such nuclei State of Art Clinics can be set in Lusaka under Unza;s School of Medicine and another in Ndola under the CBU’s School of Medicine. Then private medical institutions can set up such fine Medical Clinics in Livingstone and Solwezi. This move will cut down the cost of sending sick persons to South Africa and India. Besides, the availability of such medical facilities will restore the integrity of Zambians – and end the redicule we face when Zambians troupe to South Africa for medical treatment.

  2. Kenneth Ngalamika says:

    Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,

    May I take up this opportune moment to congratulate you for this wonderful summit what has come very late, but they say better late then never. Together as a region we can developed our respective countries and give to our peoples the better standard of living and the improved socioeconomic development. The formulation of the industrial policy will work as a framework for the implementation of the strategy.
    The Western countries developed as a result of the industrialized period which us in Africa have n’t reached. As nations respectively we need to identify our comparative advantage and put to good use this advantage to the benefit of the region. The other area of greater importance is the competitive advantage as we all know that competition brings along efficiency and effectiveness.
    Region cooperation brings with it many advanages such as technolocal transfer, which is the cardinal thing in the development of individual countries in the region.
    We need to trade amongst ourselves in the common market, and we need to add value to our raw material and in that way our economies will enjoy prosperity in the common market value chain.
    In closing I wish each and every one of you the successful summit and God ‘s blessing.

    Kenneth Ngalamika.




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