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Title: NEPAD Secretariat, AUC


1
NEPAD Secretariat, AUC UNECA Meeting   THE
ROLE OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN
THE IMPLEMENTATION OF NEPAD.
  • Presentation by Janah Ncube SADC Secretariat
  • 28 29 May 2009, Addis Ababa Ethiopia

2
Mandate to engage CSOs/Pvt Sector
  • The SADC Treaty recognises non state actors as
    important partners in the implementation of the
    SADC programme of action. Article 23 of the SADC
    Treaty actually lays the foundation for none
    state actors participation and identifies the
    private sector, civil society, NGOs, workers
    employers organisations as key stakeholders.
  • Policy Instruments Protocols, Declarations,
    MoUs, Communiques and Summit/Ministers Decisions

3
SADC, the RISDP NEPAD
  • The Regional Indicative Strategic Development
    Plan (RISDP) is SADCs strategic framework for
    deeper regional integration, poverty eradication
    and achieving sustainable development.
  • It Provides Strategic direction for efficient
    implementation of the SADC programmes over a 15
    years period aligning overarching long term
    integrated development goals such as NEPAD and
    creating synergies between regional and national
    development initiatives.

4
RISDP SIPO
  • Peace and Security
  • Trade, Industry, Finance and Investment
  • Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Social and Human Development and Special
    Programmes
  • Infrastructure and Services
  • Cross-cutting Issues (Poverty Eradication,
    Gender, HIV/AIDs, Environment Sustainable
    Development, Private Sector Development
    Statistics)

5
The RISDP the Private Sector
  • RISDP Cross Cutting Theme Private Sector
    Development
  • Overall Goal
  • Integrate private sector and ensure participation
    in SADC activities.
  • Focus Areas
  • Public-private partnership and dialogue
  • Capacity building at regional and national levels

6
Targets for Pvt Sector Development
  • 2004 - A SADC policy on Public-private Sector
    partnership in place
  • 2004 - SADC Private sector MOUs reviewed,
    enhanced and signed explicitly allowing for
    engaging the private sector through the
    structures of SADC
  • 2004 - Adoption by Summit of a public-private
    sector Action Plan based on the ASCCI White
    Paper, to be implemented over the RISDP period
  • 2004 - Competitiveness and Business Climate
    Survey launched in September 2003, and completed
    and final report circulated in June 2004 to
    facilitate private sector-public dialogue on an
    on-going basis
  • 2004 - Institutionalise a Private Sector Unit to
    carry out a support function for both the
    Secretariat and Private Sector Institutions as
    part of the restructured SADC Secretariat4
  • Facilitate the assessment of capacity, and
    capacity building, within SADC Chambers of
    Commerce and Industry and Business Associations
    to be conducted in 2003, and thereafter every two
    years.
  • Facilitate the creation of sector business
    associations where these add value to
    public-private sector dialogue on an on-going
    basis.

7
SADC NGOs and Civil Society
  • NGOs and civil society are recognised as key
    partners in the implementation of the SADC agenda
    although they are not recognised a key
    theme/issue of focus in the RISDP
  • Mentioned throughout as key stakeholders at both
    national and regional level in technical
    platforms and in stakeholder platforms in
    monitoring and evaluating the implementation of
    RISDP
  • Institutionalised to be key components of the
    SADC National Committees (SNCs). SNCs responsible
    for national engagement with SADC policy
    development and monitoring RISDP implementation.

8
SNCs
  • The main functions of a National Committee are to
    provide inputs at the national level in the
    formulation of regional policies, strategies, the
    SADC Programme of Action as well as coordinate
    and oversee the implementation of the these
    programmes at the national level. The Committees
    are also responsible for the initiation of SADC
    projects and issue papers as an input into the
    preparation of the Regional strategies.

9
Creating an Enabling Environment for engagement
  • Private Sector Clear Provisions made in the
    RISDP
  • A Programme within the TIFI Directorate focusing
    on Private Sector Development SADC Business
    Forum its product (However the desk has since
    been phased out although functions have been
    mainstreamed into current structures this has
    weakened this focus)

10
Creating an Enabling Environment for engagement
  • SADC Subsidiary organisations
  • - SADC Council of NGOs
  • - Southern African Trade Unions Council
  • - Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and
    Industry (ASCCI)
  • - SADC Employers Group

11
Opportunities for CSOs/Pvt Sector Engagement
  • Official Summit meetings and/or Conferences
  • Technical meetings of officials on theme/issue
    initial phase of any policy / programme
    development
  • Pool of experts (consultants) used by Secretariat
    come from CSOs, Private Sector and Research
    Institutions in the SADC region
  • SADC Gender Protocol, Maseru Declaration on HIV
    and AIDS implementation

12
Key Challenges in this unbalanced relationship
  • Interaction has remained unformalised,
    uncoordinated and not harmonized. There is no
    stipulated mode of contact that spells out ways
    in which SADC and none state actors will engage.
    It is not clear to most CSOs and private sector
    which is the appropriate entry point for
    engagement with the SADC structures,
    implementation mechanisms, and policy responses
    both at national and regional level.

13
Proposed Stakeholder Liaison Programme
  • Firstly, a survey to be carried out both within
    the secretariat and with other stakeholders to
    assess the current state of interaction and
    engagement determine the issues that need to be
    addressed propose the appropriate frameworks,
    mechanisms, capacity, structures and mode of
    engagement.
  •  Through this survey, develop a thematic
    directory and data base which would enable the
    Secretariat and other SADC structures to access
    these important stakeholders.
  • Hold consultation meetings with NGOs civil
    society private sector parliamentary groups and
    academic institutions and networks.
  • Review the findings of the survey and the
    outcomes of the consultations and address the
    issues that emerge including identifying how none
    state actors can engage with the Secretariat and
    SADC Structures.
  • Annual Stakeholder Forum facilitated by the
    Secretariat Pre-Summit preparations proposed
    every May.
  •  

14
Expected Outcomes
  • Dedicated resources (position) to stakeholder
    engagement institutionalising stakeholder
    engagement e.g. Windhoek Declaration (SADC
    ICPs)
  • Co-ordinated and Harmonised engagement of all
    stakeholders policy structures, SNCs, Private
    Sector, Research Institutions, Parliamentary
    Groups and CSOs
  • Integration of views of stakeholders in SADC
    policy development and implementation of
    programmes
  • Structured / thematic and issue based engagement
  • Recognition of CSOs and their value addition to
    developmental processes in the region
  • Greater co-operation between various stakeholders
    particularly CSOs and Governments
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