PRETORIA – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) in collaboration with the European Union (EU) has formally launched the national implementation of projects valued at 31.6 million euros under the Trade Related Facility (TRF), established through a Contribution Agreement between the EU and SADC in July, 2014.
The launch took place at Protea Fire and Ice Hotel in Pretoria during the meeting of SADC Ministers responsible for Trade on 14 August 2017.
In his remarks, Jabulani C Mabuza, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade of of Swaziland, thanked the EU for the tireless support rendered to SADC Member States in the promotion of regional integration and in improving the lives of the SADC citizenry.
Director of Policy Planning and Resource Mobilisation at the SADC Secretariat, Mubita Luwabelwa, thanked the EU for the continued support that SADC gets from the EU in the implementation of regional integration programmes.
Luwabelwa expressed SADC’s commitment to the implementation of the Trade Related Facility projects in the Member States in order to make the TRF a critical instrument to further economic integration across the region.
The EU representative, John Taylor, who represented the Head of EU Delegation in Botswana and SADC, Ambassador Alexandra Baum, reiterated EU financial commitment to supporting projects which promote regional integration.
Taylor thanked the 12 SADC Member States benefiting from the TRF funding for their unwavering cooperation and collaboration.