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SADC, Partners to discuss water, energy, food security

By Liapeng Raliengoane

MASERU – The Southern African Development Community (SADC), with the technical support of the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWPSA) will hold the 10th SADC Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on 5-7 September 2022 in Maseru and will be hosted by the Government of Lesotho through the Ministry of Water.

According to a press release by SADC, the theme of the dialogue is “Bolstering regional productive capacities for water, energy, food security and ecosystem resilience to achieve inclusive and sustainable industrial transformation.” This theme aims to accelerate implementation of the Vision 2050 aspirations and the RISDP (2020–2030), in particular, the Industrialisation and Market Integration, and the Infrastructure in Support of Regional Integration pillars.

The presser states that this dialogue is a biennial event organised by the SADC Secretariat which provides a forum for practitioners from the water and related sectors to discuss pertinent issues on deepening regional integration and poverty reduction in the region.

The objective is to ensure that the region unlocks the potential of sustainable water resources development in contributing to regional integration, poverty eradication and socio-economic development.

The outcomes of this three- day Dialogue will feed into the decisions to be presented by the Ministers responsible for food, water, and energy security to the SADC Council of Ministers.

This year’s Dialogue is funded by the European Union (EU) supported SADC WEF Nexus Dialogue Project and the “Support to Integrated Catchment Management (ICM)” Project in Lesotho, co-financed by the EU and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).