South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Mandisi Mpahlwa (Department of Trade and Industry, Republic of South Africa, dti), has been elected Chairperson of the Conference of African Ministers of Trade (CAMI) Bureau, a position he will hold for the next two years.
The appointment took place during the 18th CAMI Conference, hosted by South Africa, at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, from 24-28 October 2008.
The conference has produced the Draft Implementation Strategy regarding industrialisation of Africa. The strategy “Action Plan for Accelerating Industrial Development of Africa" will only be effective once it has been submitted to the heads of state next year in January.
The strategy outlines a range of short, medium and long-term interventions in various clusters, including industrial policy and institutional direction, upgrading production and trade capacities, promoting infrastructure and energy for industrial development, and human resources development for industry.
The biennial conference involved the participation of twenty-three African Ministers of Industry. The session was also addressed by the African Union’s (AU’s) Commissioner for Trade and Industry, Elisabeth Tankeu. Tankeu cautioned that, if Africa wants to achieve the developmental challenges of the 21st century, attain the Millennium Development Goals, eradicate poverty, and achieve rapid and sustainable development, the continent must accelerate the pace of its industrialisation.
The conference was a joint effort of the dti, the African Union, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO).
For more information, please contact:
Mr. Sidwell Medupe, Department of Trade and Industry (dti), Republic of South Africa