The East African Legislative Assembly has called upon the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to join in efforts to push for industrialisation.
Speaking in Luanda, Angola, EALA Member Hon Kasamba Mathias said that industrialization is a key component achievable within economic communities through enhanced push for integration and commitment to the ideals of an economic bloc.
“In order to achieve the same, legislators among other stakeholders need to effectively undertake their role,” Said Mr Kasamba.
He made the remarks at a symposium on the sidelines of the on-going 43rd Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum (SADC-PF) in Luanda, Angola.
Hon Kasamba who is Chairperson of the Agriculture, Tourism and Natural Resources said the EAC region also underscored importance of industrialization in the quest to realise full benefits of integration.
According to the Senior Officer, in charge of Industrialization and Competitiveness at the SADC Secretariat, Dr Johansein Rutaihwa, SADC region is making progress in improving the business environment and its competitiveness in general, although the performance was mixed as a result of the macro-economic background.
“SADC region is keen to prioritise agro-processing, minerals beneficiation and the pharmaceuticals.” Said Rutaihwa.
The vision of SADC is to build a region in which there will be a high degree of harmonisation and rationalisation, to enable the pooling of resources to achieve collective self-reliance in order to improve the living standards of the people of the region.
In order to enhance industrialization, Dr Rutahiwa informed participants of SADC’s Industrialisation strategy (2015-2063) which anticipates three key guiding principles; Industrialization as champion of economic and technological transformation, competitiveness (at the firm/industry, country and regional level) and the uptake of regional integration in the context for industrial development and economic prosperity.
The presenter urged Parliaments and legislators to encourage Member States to mainstream the regional industrialization strategy in their national policies and to be fully involved especially with regards to domestication of the industrial policies within their national set-ups.