SADC Private Sector Forum (SPSF) Elevates Its Engagements Efforts With SADC

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09 May, 2018

The SADC Private Sector Forum (SPSF) is a grouping of Employers’ Organisation from SADC Countries whose aim is to foster a single and united voice in the SADC region, both at the SADC Secretariat and the SADC structures. SPSF provides a platform for national and regional business associations, national employers’ bodies as well as private sector to:

a)      Harmonise and effectively implement their advocacy agenda in so far as private sector friendly SADC Regional integration is concerned;

b)      speak with one voice in representing the Regional private sector; and

c)      Maintain a strong representative body for business across the Region.

During the last few years, some developments have taken place with some gaining prominence in the region and beyond. The SPSF participated in policy formulation and implementation both at Regional and international platforms. These are;

a)      The SADC’s revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP)

b)      SADC’s new Industrialisation Roadmap

c)      The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which have now been replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),

d)     African Union (AU) agenda for 2063.

e)      The Ouagadougou plus 10 plan of action.

f)       The International Labour Conference (ILC) agenda issues on Transition to Formality and Global Supply Chains.

The SPSF takes researched business positions on regional matters and provides the capacity to present cases to SADC as opportunities for dialogue and partnering with appropriate structures of SADC. The Forum is recognised as the sole voice of the private sector in the region by the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

In 2016, with the support of the ILO, the SPSF developed a five (5) year Strategic plan, which will responded to the new opportunities and challenges raised in the SADC region and also for better involvement of the private sector on improving the business climate and trade in the region.

Furthermore, in an effort to improve trade within the SADC region, a Compendium of Labour Laws was launched and due for dispensation during the course