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Co-funded by the European Union

Supporting the development of a Strategy for Southern African Development Community (SADC) Business Council


Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles


Public Private Dialogue






The SADC Business Council (SADC BC) was officially launched in August 2019 during the 4th annual SADC Industrialisation Week held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. It is a regional apex body of national business associations of the 16 SADC member states and 6 regional business associations in Southern Africa. The main role of the SADC BC is to involve the national business associations, regional business organisations in SADC, and other stakeholders including corporates and international chambers of commerce in:  

  • SADC decision making processes to drive the implementation of SADC plans and priority programmes  

  • promote knowledge and information sharing between SADC and private sector  

  • to bring in the private sector expertise, experience, viewpoints and perspectives in SADC policy making processes  


The ICR Facility supported the SADC Business Council (SADC BC), a recently established apex body of national and regional business associations, in the development of its first strategy and action plan. ​

The strategy and action plan was developed through ​

  • the provision of expert advice and ​

  • consulting the members of the SADC BC to understand their priorities as well as ​

  • other key resource people and stakeholders, such as the SADC Secretariat. ​

A draft strategy was discussed in a validation workshop with SADC BC members. The final strategy is publicly available (see further information).


Through the participatory development of its strategy and action plan, the SADC BC can now focus on the activities with the greatest impact. This will enable the organisation to strengthen its role as a powerful voice of the private sector and can thus contribute to shaping the regional business environment and investment climate in a conducive, sustainable and inclusive manner.

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