Continental Free Trade Area Matter for Africa

Continental Free Trade Area Matter for Africa

  PACCI - Continental Free Trade Area Matters for Africa Conference   The African Chambers...

Economic Issues in the SADC Region

Economic Issues in the SADC Region

  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   A World Bank Report in February 2001 established that in the period...

Tripartite Free Trade Areas - Regional Private Sector Dialogue

Tripartite Free Trade Areas - Regional Private Sector Dialogue

Report on the Regional Private Sector Dialogue on the Tripartite Free Trade Areas Birchwood...

What future now for the SADC Tribunal?

What future now for the SADC Tribunal?

What future now for the SADC Tribunal? A plea for a constructive response to regional...

SADC Summit - Priorities for SADC's regional economic intergration agenda

SADC Summit - Priorities for SADC's regional economic intergration agenda

Priorities for SADC's regional economic intergration agenda This Policy Brief starts from the...

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Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCCI)

About ASCCI

The Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCCI) is an independent, non-profit organisation established in response to the growing need for effective participation for organised business...

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The ASCCI represents 18 National Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Confederations of Industries, Trade Associations and Employer Organisations in all the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Member States...

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Economic Issues in the SADC Region

ASCCI Whitepaper
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
 
A World Bank Report in February 2001 established that in the period 1998-1999, Sub-Saharan Africa experienced a negative growth of 1%, that more than 300 million people in Africa live on less than US$ 0.65 per day and that 25 million Africans are HIV-infected. The SADC region is not an exception to this dire reality. More than 40% of the population of SADC live in abject poverty in spite of the region’s formidable resources.
 
Many SADC countries have a history of state-controlled economy with its resulting inefficiency, wastage and corruption. With the commitment that all SADC Member States have taken to implement the Windhoek Treaty and the SADC Trade Protocol, the region as a whole has embarked on a historical endeavour of economic integration and of deep integration in the longer term. Furthermore, the national governments as well as the regional authorities have recognized the determinant role that the private sector of the region can play in the economic development of the region, in creating employment and in contributing to reduce poverty.
 
The private sector of SADC is willing and ready to take up, together with government and other social partners, the challenge of steering our countries towards a more prosperous future. The national and multi-sectoral private sector institutions of SADC countries have constituted a regional umbrella business institution called the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry [ASCCI].
 
The main objectives of ASCCI are to network business institutions, business organizations and business people within the region and between the region and the rest of the world, and to fulfill with the respective national and regional authorities an advocacy function to bring to the attention of the national and regional policy decision makers the views of the business community on the major socio-economic issues, thereby contributing to create an enabling environment in the region. The official recognition of ASCCI by SADC through the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the two organizations in August 2000 at the Windhoek Heads of State Summit has legitimized ASCCI’s advocacy activities.
 
On 23rd and 24th November 2000, Presidents and Chief Executives of Member Chambers of ASCCI met in Johannesburg to review the macro-economic environment situation of SADC and of individual Member States. The outcome of the 2-day meeting was a comprehensive document identifying a number of important macro-economic constraints which constitute major hindrances to investment, including Foreign Direct Investment, and growth, to the development of trade including intra-regional trade and to the enhancement of the region’s competitiveness in export markets.
 
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Meetings and Events

Written on 07/02/2014, 00:04
continental-free-trade-area-matter-for-africa   PACCI - Continental Free Trade Area Matters for Africa Conference   The African Chambers of Commerce Conference took place on 28th and 29th November, 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Conference was entitled "The Continental Free Trade Area Matters for Africa".    The main...>READ MORE>>
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Written on 02/07/2013, 13:21
economic-issues-in-the-sadc-region   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY   A World Bank Report in February 2001 established that in the period 1998-1999, Sub-Saharan Africa experienced a negative growth of 1%, that more than 300 million people in Africa live on less than US$ 0.65 per day and that 25 million Africans are HIV-infected....>READ MORE>>
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Written on 09/03/2013, 21:53
tripartite-free-trade-areas-regional-private-sector-dialogue Report on the Regional Private Sector Dialogue on the Tripartite Free Trade Areas Birchwood Hotel, Johannesburg, South Africa, 25-26 February 2013 The objective of the meeting was to enhance the understanding and participation of the private sector in the TFTA negotiations. On the...>READ MORE>>
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Written on 22/08/2012, 21:50
what-future-now-for-the-sadc-tribunalWhat future now for the SADC Tribunal? A plea for a constructive response to regional needs   The Summit in Maputo last week (17 – 18 August 2012) decided the fate of the SADC Tribunal; at least as far as individual complaints against governments for human rights violations are...>READ MORE>>
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Written on 20/08/2012, 07:43
sadc-summit-priorities-for-sadc-s-regional-economic-intergration-agendaPriorities for SADC's regional economic intergration agenda This Policy Brief starts from the premise that regional economic integrationmakes sense for Africa; a continent characterised by small markets, smalleconomies and small countries. The creation of an integrated economic spacecan...>READ MORE>>
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