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Consultative and Programme Development Mission to SADC

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Friday, September 22, 2017/10:51AM/NEPAD

Mr. Symerre Grey Johnson, Head of Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Programme (RIITP) at NEPAD Agency and George Murumba, PIDA CAP M&E Officer undertook a mission to SADC to discuss mutual collaboration on the implementation of the PIDA programme. The parties also discussed the co-hosting of the 2017 PIDA Week in Swakopmund-Walvis Bay, Namibia under the auspices of SADC. Most importantly in this regard, the team discussed the postponement of PIDA week to 10-14 December 2017.

The team also met with the GIZ Botswana Office and provided an update on the PIDA programme. They discussed how to strengthen synergies between their partnership on PIDA implementation especially on the areas of PIDA project data collection and trade facilitation through the Continental Business Network - through the GIZ Botswana programme.

The Head of Regional Integration, Infrastructure and Trade Programme also delivered a special message to the SADC Executive Secretary on behalf of Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, CEO of NEPAD. In the message, Dr Mayaki expressed gratitude for the Executive Secretary’s acceptance to support the co-hosting of the 2017 PIDA Week in Swakopmund-Walvis Bay, Namibia under the auspices of SADC.

In addition, Dr Mayaki lauds the exemplary leadership of the Executive Secretary, Dr Tax, which has led to finalisation of the memorandum of understanding for the North - South Corridor. “This,” Dr Mayaki notes, “is a key milestone of SADC’s efforts to advance the implementation of PIDA. SADC’s dedication and ownership is a shining example to other regional economic communities on how accelerating PIDA project can lead to the attainment of concrete results.”



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