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The need for industrialisation and energy demand goes hand in hand, and industrialisation will not be realised without adequate energy. This was said by the Chief Director of Africa Integration and Industrial Development at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Nigel Gwynne-Evans. Gwynne-Evans was speaking at a working session where the dti in partnership with the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) hosted a high-level delegation from African countries that participated in the annual Africa Energy Indaba that concluded at the Sandton Convention Centre.

Gwynne-Evans remarked that for industrialisation to be realised, there had to be innovative thinking around the production and supply of energy.

“South Africa is talking to leading energy producers and suppliers to not only trade but get investment opportunities in the region. As chair of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), we commit to implementing the SADC industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap 2015-2063 and move ahead with some of the projects in the plan, like the supplier development programme roll-out,” said Gwynne-Evans.

Gwynne–Evans added that the mining sector, agro-processing, aquaculture and packaging are some of the areas that the strategy has identified.

“SADC will be meeting next week to discuss the implementation of the plan. The time for making plans is over, it is now time to implement and move SADC and the continent forward,” outlined Gwynne-Evans.

He further mentioned that mineral beneficiation, agro- processing and pharmaceuticals were key sectors for the implementation of the SADC industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap.

“Joint ventures within the region for the development of capital goods and other sectors is critical to the realisation of regional integration. This would assist to build capacity and develop and skills transfer,” stated Gwynne-Evans.

Gwynne-Evans emphasised that the African region as a trading bloc had become South Africa’s largest destination of exports in goods and services. The emphasis needed to shift from not just trading but contributing to building productive capacity within the region. To achieve this, the dti is targeting five concrete outward investment projects that will be finalised before the SADC Summit in August 2018.

The Director for International Steel Fabricators of South Africa, Mr Neels van Niekerk informed delegates that it was imperative to ensure the formation of joint ventures that will create capacity within the region. He added that it was critical to maximise African content for African projects.

“Africa has changed permanently, we collaborate all the way,” emphasised van Niekerk.

Caption: Chief Director of Africa Integration and Industrial Development at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Nigel Gwynne-Evans

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