CHARTERED INSTITUTUTE OF DEVELOPMENT FINANCE’s HIGH LEVEL REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Since its formation, SADC's main functions still centre around political integration with economic integration (except the SACU countries) lagging behind. It is, however, clear that both political and growth attributes are critical for optimal regional development. Over the last 30 years, economic integration has remained stagnant in the wider SADC region. Without a broad and optimally integrated economic, trade and investment plan for the SADC region, similar to the European Union, growth across the region will remain at best, stagnant, or at worst decline with some SADC member countries moving towards protectionist economic policies. Key to optimally growing the SADC region is to ensure that the lending institutions (including banks and development finance institutions) and capital markets work together to develop a trade and investment platform which will enhance sustainable economic development in the region. A "harmonised" trade and investment platform will have the unique ability to decrease transactional frictions on trade and investment and strengthen economic development between member countries.
Hosted By: CIDEF
Date of Event: 2018-09-26
Venue: DBSA Vulindlela Conference Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg
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