The SA Trade Hub participated in the 6th SADC Investment Focus Group (IFG) organized with support from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Thirteen of the 15 SADC Member States were represented. The SA Trade Hub delivered presentations on its experience working with Lesotho and Swaziland to develop Investor Roadmaps.
SADC previously developed a Regional Action Programme for Investment (RAPI), and requested the SA Trade Hub’s support to assist with implementation on the national level. The National Action Programmes for Investment (NAPI) will cover 10 SADC countries, and the SA Trade Hub will assist by hiring local, in-country short-term technical consultants to undertake desk research and consultations with relevant stakeholders to develop a strategic plan and framework to establish National Action Programs on Investment.
Initial discussions were held with participating Member States on the proposed Investor Roadmap program design and development. The discussions emphasized the need for effective monitoring and evaluation, ownership of the program by Member States, prioritization of focus indicators, and an inclusive consultative process. The SA Trade Hub’s experience in the Investor Roadmap activities in Lesotho and Swaziland will assist greatly with the NAPI initiative.