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 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 in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. It is a regional private sector apex organization that brings together SADC National Chambers of Commerce and Industry as well as Confederations of Industries from all the SADC Member States and was established in 1992.

It represents 18 National Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Confederations of Industries, Trade Associations and Employer Organisations in all the SADC Member States. Mandated to be the voice of the private sector, ASCCI aims to enhance the private sector’s role in the regional integration agenda and its driving principle is to ensure that there is a strong and unified voice to support private sector growth and the development of a free market economy system in the SADC region.

In September 2011, ASCCI held a workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa, which aimed at improving the involvement of private sector interests in SADC’s regional integration and was supported by the CDE in partnership with GIZ.  During this workshop a decision was made to re-locate the permanent Secretariat to Gaborone, Botswana. The meeting also recommended that the organisation should develop a strategic plan that would guide it in the future and would help to mobilise resources to support the establishment of the Secretariat in Botswana.

To this end, ASCCI in collaboration with the CDE and GIZ held a workshop in Gaborone, Botswana, on the 1st – 2nd March, 2012 in order to define ASCCI’s strategic plan for the enhanced involvement of the private sector in the regional integration agenda that will lead to improved business and investment climate in SADC. The workshop was organized and hosted by the Botswana Confederation of Commerce, Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM) which is hosting the Secretariat. 

The workshop brought together representatives of Chambers of Commerce and Industry from the SADC region and key experts on trade and regional integration issues. It provided a forum for discussing global trends and key developments in regional integration. Moreover, it discussed the strategic objectives as well as the associated activities and the implementation plan for the fund mobilization strategy. The planning workshop involved key organisations such as the SADC Secretariat, EU Delegation, CDE, GIZ, International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

This Strategic Plan provides a road map for ASCCI’s development and has been prepared through a participative process with the objective of strengthening the organisation as a key player in regional private sector issues in order to enhance intra-regional integration through an improved business environment.

To implement this Strategic Plan, it is a prerequisite that adequate resources both human and financial must be in place, therefore commitments from members and other key stakeholders to support the Strategic Plan is vital.

The Strategic Plan document consists of nine interlinked chapters; key assumptions that underpin the success of the strategy are at chapter two; followed by the mandate of ASCCI as represented by its Mission, Vision and shared core values in chapter 3. Chapter 3 highlights the key regional and global issues as identified through research that are of importance to the private sector; chapter four provides an analysis of the key internal strengths and weaknesses of ASCCI as well as external threats and opportunities that face the organisation. Expectations of stakeholders are presented in chapter five, strategic objectives are outlined in chapter six; followed by the implementation framework in chapter seven. Chapter eight looks at the funding mechanisms that ASCCI should consider and chapter nine presents some key assumptions that have been made. The last chapter looks at the performance management framework for this strategic plan.