In supporting the advancement of the SADC regional integration agenda, activities will focus on supporting more effective implementation of the SADC Free Trade Area through:
- Effective implementation of the SADC Free Trade Area and other regional agreements.
- Improved trade facilitation in transit, customs and other areas.
- A better trade and investment enabling environment through improved policies.
- Strengthened regional capacity for energy sector planning and cooperation.
Activities aimed at strengthening the investment environment and increasing the competitiveness of service providers will focus on identifying regional ‘centers of excellence’, the identification and quantification of non-tariff barriers and the benefits of introducing regulatory impact assessments.
Energy security is essential for promoting growth and increasing food security. Facing a shortage of energy generation at the regional level and with minimal trade taking place under the Southern African Power Pool there are opportunities for private investment in power generation and transmission. The SATH will support increased harmonization between the national electricity (energy) regulators, increased adoption of clean energy technology and modernization of regulations through working with the Regional Energy Regulatory Association (RERA).