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Acting on behalf of suppliers, distributors, developers and promoters in the industry, the association is operational throughout Southern Africa. AFRECA is a division in the Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa (SESSA), an organization that aims to support renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Southern African context.
Through the joint relationship with SESSA, AFRECA’s members will have access to the ISES Solar World Congress 2009, during October 2009. A pivotal congress, its theme is aptly named, “Renewable Energy: Shaping our Future”.
Representing the producers’ interests, AFRECA’s members are able to take advantage of the associations existing infrastructure; access to product research and development; as well as the benefits of lobbying key stakeholders for effective industry change. Access to trainng in best industry standards; educational and marketing material; business referrals; technical assistance; and a platform to market products to the end-consumer, makes AFRECA an effective association and industry leader.
The association recognizes that access to clean, safe, reliable and affordable cooking technologies, remains an enormous challenge for the majority of low-income households in Southern Africa. Hence, AFRECA supports the industry to work together delivering improved cooking technologies to the market through the development, production and marketing of safe and effecient cooking appliances. Through the broad promotion and development of energy efficient technologies the association and its members remain aware of the development and promotion of technology that improves quality of life, by overcoming energy challenges and shortages in a sustainable manner.
AFRECA was founded in February 2005 at the first meeting held in Johannesburg, where divergent organisations including Government, NGO’s, technology suppliers as well as end-users were represented. As a division of SESSA (a registered non-profit organization), the association benefits from its alignment with international networks through the International Solar Energy Society (ISES).
AFRECA, through its members aims to:
Deliver improved cooking technologies to the market through the development, production and marketing of safe and efficient cooking appliances;
Create awareness and disseminate information on the availability of efficient, renewable cooking options;
Engage key stakeholders to lobby for support and recognition of efficient, renewable cooking options in policies and strategies at a regional and national level;
Act as an industry association, overseeing general good conduct and orderly development of the renewable and efficient cooking industry.
AFRECA is committed to address the need for renewable and energy efficient cooking appliances.
Member Benefits of Afreca
Training and promotion opportunity on energy efficient techniques and practices
Access to research and development studies and findings
Ideal platform for marketing products to consumers and general public
Direct interaction with consumers and studies
Business enquiries and referrals
Mentoring service offered
Invitations to exhibitions, events, courses, symposia, meetings and discussion groups held by AFRECA and partners
Display opportunities at key events, exhibitions or workshops
Invitations to participate in research and product development forums
Training in best-industry standards
Web-link and web product advertisement for information dissemination
Joint membership of AFRECA and Sustainable Energy Societ of Southern Africa (SESSA), allowing access to ISES Solar World Congress 2009
Monthly AFRECA newsletter and the industry’s membership directory
AFRECA, is a division of SESSA (Sustainable Energy Society of Southern Africa), a registered non-profit organization (037-484 NPO), with its region of operation including the whole SADC.
Supported by ProBEC (Programme for Basic Energy Conservation), a SADC regional development programme that aims to ensure low-income population groups satisfy their energy requirements in a socially and enviromentally sustainable manner. ProBEC targets rural and urban households, as well as small business and institutions using biomass energy (wood fuel, agricultural residues) for thermal applications.
Supported by GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit), an international cooperation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations, federally owned, the enterprise supports the German Government in achieving its development-policy objectives. It provides sustainable, forward looking solutions for political, economic, ecological and social development in a globalised world.
UNLEASHING THE TRADE & INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN THE SADC REGION
- Policy & Advocacy
- Trade and Investment Promotion
- International Trade and Business Linkages
- ASCCI Functions and Events
- SMME Development Programmes
- Economics Office and Publications
- SADC Business Forum and Other Bodies
- Research Development Initiatives
- Business Development and Services
- ASCCI Membership Benefits
- ASCCI Membership Form
- ASCCI Toolkit Forms
Association’s primary objective is to encourage governments in the region to put into place policies and legislative instruments that are conducive to doing business in the region.
ASCCI is committed to working with all national governments in all the 14 countries in the region, as well as the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, to develop mechanisms that will increase the flow of capital in the region, and foreign direct investment. This will increase enterprise, SMME and Industrial development.
ASCCI is further committed to facilitate processes that enhance economic productivity and efficiencies and reduce the cost of doing business in the region. As a result, ASCCI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the SADC Secretariat in 2002 as the secretariat private sector partner.
This partnership ensures benefits to ASCCI members, the private sector in the region as well as all governments and related public sector stakeholders who are committed to the development of our region.
ASCCI has set up the following commissions in order to increase and enhance dialogue between private sector organisations and governments in the region:
Trade, Investment and Industrial Development Commission.
Taxation, Customs, Monetary and Fiscal Affairs Commission.
Infrastructure and Services (includes Road, Rail, Air Transport
and Water Services Commissions).
Human Resources, Science and Technology Development
Agriculture and Food Security Commission.
Environment and Natural Resources Management Commission.
Tourism and Wildlife Management Commission.
Health, Social and Cultural Activities Commission.
2010 – World Cup Opportunities for SADC Commission.
Public - Private Sector Partnership and NEPAD Initiatives
Immigration, Visa and related matters Commission.
International Trade and Business Commission.
All ASCCI members, and affiliated organisations are allowed appointment of 2 representatives to serve in each commission. Each commission meets four times per year to prepare position papers and reports for members and stakeholders who will present
these position papers to ASCCI Council, Council of Ministers of Trade and Summit of the Heads of States through SADC Secretariat with a view to influencing policy and legislation in the region and within respective countries.
ASCCI Regional Business Climate Survey
One of the tools used by ASCCI to influence policy and advocacy in the regions is the ASCCI Regional Business Climate Survey which ASCCI conducts in all the countries of the region together with its associated chamber members. At present the survey is published
in conjunction and in partnership with the German Technical Corporations Agency (GTZ/ASPB) see attached information regarding Regional Business Climate Survey.
Business Development and Services
ASCCI together with its partners in the region facilitate a networking platform for its chamber members as well as corporate members to participate in various business development initiatives. Some of the initiatives include among others:
Intravest or intra-regional trade and investment provide an ongoing business to business network with on the spot transaction facilitated by online trading involving respective
members of ASCCI Chambers.
Under SADC Intravest, the ASCCI Secretariat also engages in bilateral and multilateral trade forums with the full participation of ASCCI members to interact rigorously amongst themselves and with chambers and trade bodies outside of the SADC region.
The trade forums are to be complemented by semi-annual workshops on the implementation of best business / management practices in lecture-style formats, including role playing and question and answer sessions involving captains of industry from best run companies in the region.
EU-SADC Investment Promotion Programme (ESIPP)
The ESIPP is the EU-SADC Investment Promotion Programme and is a joint programme of the European Union and the Southern African Development Community administered in
conjunction with the SADC Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana.
The Programme is designed to attract foreign investment into the region and promote long-term investment cooperation agreements in specific key sectors on a structured, continuous
and sustainable basis and will boost the economic growth and development of Southern Africa. A key aspect of ESIPP’s mandate is the facilitation of Business-to-Business Investments Promotion and Business Co-operation Meetings to bring together entrepreneurs from Europe and Southern Africa.
The Programme for Basic Energy and Conservation (ProBEC) aims to ensure that low-income population groups satisfy their energy requirements in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner. It targets rural and urban households, as well as small business and institutions using biomass energy (woodfuel, agricultural residues) for thermal processes.
The results of ProBEC interventions undertaken thus far have shown that with a comprehensive package of solutions, it is feasible to attain multiple, long-lasting, environmental, economic, and social benefits. Families and small businesses benefit, on a national level there are savings of foreign exchange for energy imports, and globally, the use of biofuels instead of fossil fuels, reduces net emissions of greenhouse gases, as well as optimising timber and non-timber forest products.
Some of the interventions include the use of energy efficient devices, profitable production and marketing of these devices, efficient woodfuel use and kitchen management, and substitution with renewable energy sources.
These programmes demand for an integrated approach, and excellent results have been achieved with this approach in a number of BEC programmes, especially in East and Western Africa. These results are well documented and substantiated by a number of studies carried out by national and international development organisations and scientific institutions.
These initiatives also contribute to the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) insofar as additional jobs will be created in the informal sector through the production and marketing of improved technologies. This will reduce the number of people whose income is less than US$1 a day and thus contribute to the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger (MDG 1), and there is also the potential for youth job creation.
There is an emphasis on the training of women in the programme design, which promotes gender equality and empowers women (MDG 3), both intellectually and financially.
Basic Energy conservation measures also reduce indoor ambient smoke, which in turn reduces respiratory diseases by 50%, and minimises infant mortality (MDG 5).
An efficient energy supply also mitigates energy poverty, and thereby reduces the work burden in poorer households for those who have to spend hours a day collecting wood.
Access to modern energy also assists child-headed households of orphans and vulnerable children suffering from HIV/AIDS (MDG 6), since they can use non-woody biomass for cooking, thereby alleviating their burden of collecting wood as well as enabling them to cook throughout the day. HIV/AIDS awareness is an integral part at all programme interventions thereby enhancing the fight against the pandemic.
Reducing woodfuel consumption protects forest areas, and the use of more energy efficient and alternative technologies will reduce CO2 emissions. This will directly contribute to environmental sustainability (MDG 7) and thus, to the international Convention to Combat Desertification.
The programme lead is situated in the SADC Secretariat, Infrastructure and Services Directorate, and the implementing agency is the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (German Development Co-operation).
Modern energy services are key components in the economic and social development of Southern Africa. The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) recognizes energy as a key component in delivering services, improving health, providing sanitation and for poverty reduction.
Backed by national governments, financial and business professionals and NGOs, REEEP is uniquely placed among international initiatives to drive the integration of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient systems (REES) into national and global energy policy.
REEEP’s regional secretariats provide access to best practice in policy and finance to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. The International Secretariat engages political, financial and business support to reduce the risk inherent in implementing new policy and financing initiatives.
The REEEP-SA Regional Secretariat is staffed by the Regional Co-ordinator, Dr. Thembakazi Mali, and the Regional REEEP Manager, Amanda Luxande. The Regional Secretariat is hosted at the offices of the South African National Energy Research Institute (SANERI) in Johannesburg, South Africa. REEEP-SA is building up a growing network of Southern African NGOs, experts and companies in the sustainable energy network. REEEP-SA focuses its activities on the key concerns of the Southern African sustainable energy sector. Some of the most important of these include:
•Facilitating financing through workshops and networking
•Supporting the development and dissemination of innovative financing mechanisms through REEEP-funded projects and events
•Collecting and collating information on important Southern African case studies as a basis for networking, information exchange and political capacity-building
•Contributing to the activities of REEEP-International and providing and access point to the REEEP network in Southern Africa.
The role of the Regional Steering Committee
The Southern African Secretariat for REEEP is staffed by the Regional Co-ordinator and a Regional REEEP Manager. The Regional Secretariat is hosted at the offices of Saneri in Johannesburg, South Africa. As part of its daily operations and objectives, REEEP-SA is building up a growing network of Southern African NGOs, experts and companies in the sustainable energy network. REEEP-SA focuses its activities on the key concerns of the Southern African sustainable energy sector.
The role of the Steering Committee is to assist the regional secretariat by providing strategic advice and oversight to the operational aspects of the Secretariat in the region. Therefore, the main objectives and tasks of the Steering Committee include but are not necessarily limited to:
•Providing feedback to REEEP about regional programming needs and priorities
•Assisting the Southern African Regional Secretariat for REEEP in the short-listing of projects.
•Assisting in ranking of full proposals.
•Reviewing project reports, as required.
•Providing recommendations on corrective actions, as required.
•Reviewing project progress and completion of projects, as required.
Thus, participation in the steering committee entails the following:
•2 physical meetings per annum
This is in addition to regular e-mail or telephonic communication as required by the REEEP Regional Secretariat for Southern Africa.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has been in existence since 1980, when it was formed as a loose alliance of nine majority-ruled States in Southern Africa known as the Southern African Development Coordination Conference (SADCC), with the main aim of coordinating development projects in order to lessen economic dependence on the then apartheid South Africa. The founding Member States are: Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
SADCC was formed in Lusaka, Zambia on April 1, 1980, following the adoption of the Lusaka Declaration - Southern Africa: Towards Economic Liberation.
The transformation of the organization from a Coordinating Conference into a Development Community (SADC) took place on August 17, 1992 in Windhoek, Namibia when the Declaration and Treaty was signed at the Summit of Heads of State and Government thereby giving the organization a legal character.
SADC was established under Article 2 of the SADC treaty by SADC Member States represented by their respective Heads of State and Government or duly authorised representatives to spearhead economic integration of Southern Africa.
The SADC vision is one of a common future, within a regional community that will ensure economic well-being, improvement of the standards of living and quality of life, freedom and social justice; peace and security for the peoples of Southern Africa. This shared vision is anchored on the common values and principles and the historical and cultural affinities that exist amongst the peoples of Southern Africa.
Provided for in Article 5 of the SADC Treaty, the SADC Objectives are to:
achieve development and economic growth, alleviate poverty, enhance the standard and quality of life of the peoples of Southern Africa and support the socially disadvantaged through regional integration;
evolve common political values, systems and institutions;
promote and defend peace and security;
promote self-sustaining development on the basis of collective self-reliance, and the inter-dependence of Member States;
achieve complementarity between national and regional strategies and programmes;
promote and maximise productive employment and utilisation of resources of the region;
achieve sustainable utilisation of natural resources and effective protection of the environment;
strengthen and consolidate the long-standing historical, social and cultural affinities and links among the peoples of the region;
TO ACHIEVE ITS AIMS, SADC SHALL:
harmonise political and socio-economic policies and plans of Member States;
mobilise the peoples of the region and their institutions to take initiatives to develop economic, social and cultural ties across the region, and to participate fully in the implementation of the programmes and projects of SADC;
create appropriate institutions and mechanisms for the mobilisation of requisite resources for the implementation of the programmes and operations of SADC and its institutions;
develop policies aimed at the progressive elimination of obstacles to free movement of capital and labour, goods and services, and of the peoples of the region generally within Member States;
promote the development of human resources;
promote the development, transfer and mastery of technology;
improve economic management and performance through regional cooperation;
promote the coordination and harmonisation of the international relations of Member States;
secure international understanding, cooperation and support, mobilise the inflow of public and private resources into the region; and
develop such other activities as Member States may decide in furtherance of the objectives of SADC.
The signatories of the SADC Treaty agree that underdevelopment, exploitation, deprivation and backwardness in Southern Africa will only be overcome through economic cooperation and integration. The Member States recognise that achieving regional economic integration in Southern Africa requires them to put their full support behind SADC to act on behalf of all Southern Africans for their common prosperity, peace and unity.
In pursuit of this agenda, SADC has adopted milestones to facilitate the attainment of the SADC Free Trade Area (FTA) by 2008, the Customs Union (CU) by 2010, the Common Market (CM) by 2015, Monetary Union (MU) by 2016 and the Single Currency by 2018. The SADC Free Trade Area (FTA) was launched on August 17, 2008 at Sandton, South Africa during the 28th Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government.
SADC PRIORITIES AND COMMON AGENDA
The SADC Common Agenda is based on various principles, such as development orientation; subsidiarity; market integration and development; facilitation and promotion of trade and investment and variable geometry.
The SADC Common Agenda includes:
the promotion of sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development that will ensure poverty alleviation with the ultimate objective of its eradication;
promotion of common political values, systems and other shared values which are transmitted through institutions which are democratic, legitimate and effective; and
the consolidation and maintenance of democracy, peace and security.
Current Member States are: Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
SADC headquarters are located in Gaborone, Botswana.