ECA Sro-SA to Convene a Virtual Two Days Meeting of the Icsoe

27 October 2020

Lusaka — The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Office for Southern Africa will organize the 26th Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE) for Southern Africa virtually on the theme "Policies and Strategic Effective Private Sector Led Growth and Job Creation" from October 28 to 29, 2020.

The two-days Meeting which shall be presided over by the incoming Chair, the Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho, will focus on strategies and policies towards supporting the private sector as drivers of development, job creation, and growth in the region.

It will bring together senior government officials and experts in regional integration and trade in services and private sector development from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member States, representatives of the SADC and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Secretariats, representatives from the African Union Southern Africa Regional Office, academic and research institutions, civil society, professional organisations, financial institutions, the UN family and other ECA Divisions and Sub-Regional Offices. Delegates and participants will discuss among other topics the private sectors' role, including micro, small and medium scale enterprises, in supporting economic growth, creating decent and sustainable jobs and the role of member States in promoting the private sector to be more competitive and sustainable, thereby contributing to reducing unemployment, hunger and poverty.

Deliberations at the 26th ICSOE of Southern Africa will not only enable delegates share experiences on how to fully exploit the potential of the private sector for sustainable development and job creation but will provide recommendations on how to strengthen the capacities of the private sector, improve on the competiveness of their services and products at the national, regional and international levels. The Meeting will also discuss how to ensure that both the formal and informal private sector effectively takes full advantage of the opportunities in technology and innovation to enhance trade in goods and services across national borders in the face of the opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.

The ICSOE is part of ECA's governance machinery, which meets annually to consider, provide guidance, endorse the formulation and implementation of the programmes of work in line with the priorities of each sub region, and proffer recommendations.

Issued by: The Sub-Regional Office for Southern Africa

UNECA, P.O. Box 30647, Lusaka, Zambia.

For more information Contact:

Economic Commission for Africa, Southern Region Office

Lavender Degre, Communication Officer

Contact: Tel: (260)966797779

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