The SADC Secretariat, in cooperation with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the EU through the Regional Economic Integration Support (REIS) Programme, has been working for the last two years to develop a SADC Investment Policy Framework using the OECD Policy Framework for Investment.
In order to complement the ongoing efforts and activities of the REIS Programme and the overall SADC IPF initiative, the SADC Secretariat requested support from the Southern Africa Trade Hub to develop “Investor Roadmaps” for SADC Member States that had not previously gone through an investor road map exercise.
Investor Roadmaps provide recommendations to overcome the administrative, procedural, and regulatory barriers hindering investment in a particular country. The Southern Africa Trade Hub’s previous work developing roadmaps has improved investment climates in the region, as in the case of Swaziland, where the 90 recommendations from the Trade Hub’s roadmap resulted in significant reforms that bettered the country’s enabling environment.
On May 8 the Trade Hub met with a representative of the SADC Secretariat and the REIS Programme at SADC’s offices to discuss the scope and implementing approach for developing the remaining Investor Roadmaps. On May 18, 2015 the Trade Hub will reconvene with SADC to finalize the scope of the activity and initiate the work.
The REIS Programme is a four-year Contribution Agreement Programme implemented by the SADC Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment (TIFI) Directorate and financed under the 10th European Development Fund to improve investment in the region.
Photo: The Trade Hub meets with SADC to start work on Investor Roadmaps in the region