- AGRICULTURE is central to fostering economic growth, reducing poverty, and improving food security in the Southern African region. More than 70 percent of the rural population depends on agriculture for their livelihoods, and regional economic growth has been constrained by poor performance in the agriculture sector. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals on poverty in Southern Africa will largely depend on increasing agricultural productivity and trade.
- ENGINEERING sector has been the building block upon which the private sector and government entities have established trade relationship with across the continents borders and International markets. The engineering sector underpins a lot of other sectors, such as construction, power, agriculture, manufacturing, telecommunications and so on, it plays a prominent role in its contribution towards economic development. The engineering sector has long stood as a major driver of growth, skills development, job creation and an essential solution in addressing infrastructure deficiencies.
- INDUSTRIAL Africa’s prosperity is inextricably linked to the Industrial Sector and it contributes to the sustainable development of the continent’s various economies. The sector-is a source of employment providing a livelihood to a large section of Africa’s population. Industrial sector has a high developmental impact meaning they have potential to create competitiveness, create or preserve jobs, support local opportunities, bring about transformation in the economy and develop emerging entrepreneurs and industrialists
- MINING is an industry of strategic importance in Southern Africa. Roughly half of the world’s vanadium, platinum, and diamonds originate in the region, along with 36% of gold and 20% of cobalt. These minerals contribute greatly to several Southern African Development Community (SADC) gross national product and employment, and many of them depend on mineral exports for their foreign exchange earnings. Recognising the significance of the mineral industry within the region, SADC launched the Protocol on Mining in September 1997 which came into effect in February 2000, and has come to form the basis for SADC’s work programme on mining. This protocol aims to develop the region’s mineral resources through international collaboration, in turn improving the living standards of the people engaged with the mining industry.
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