Support to Industrialisation and Productive Sectors SIPS
GFA is supporting the implementation of the “Support to Industrialisation and Productive Sectors (SIPS)” project for the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The project, which started in March 2021, and aims to promote the agro-processing and pharmaceuticals value chains within the SADC region, and in particular for the leather and antiretrovirals (ARV) value chains. The GFA expert team facilitates dialogue between the public and private sector at the regional level to identify and address bottlenecks in the policy and regulatory environment for the value chains. Furthermore, we support the institutional capacity building of the regional regulatory bodies while strengthening the regional intellectual property rights framework, policies and regulations to promote innovation within said value chains. GFA will develop guidelines to improve the integration of local small-, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the regional value chains. Market knowledge and intelligence capacities of local SMEs and local governments are developed to improve the linkages between the regional and global value chains. Last but not least, the GFA expert team assists in establishing and activating a grant mechanism to support innovation and technology development towards improving the competitiveness of the leather and ARV value chains in the SADC region.
Within four years, the project will have contributed towards improving the policy, regulatory and business environment frameworks at national and regional levels in the RVC, enabling the sustainable development of the leather, antiretrovirals (ARV), and associated value chain actors and products in the SADC region. Increasing the local and regional value addition will eventually contribute to further industrialisation and structural transformation, leading to job creation and improved income opportunities in the SADC region.