The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Sub regional Office for Southern Africa (SRO-SA) is organising a webinar under an initiative to promote the accelerated implementation of regional and national industrialization policies for inclusive and sustainable development in Southern Africa1. This is the third webinar in this series of reflective discussions intended to support industrialization in the region. Industrialization and industrial development through the enhancement of productive capacities, diversification and value addition is key to supporting inclusive and sustainable growth in the region. The Webinar series is anchored on the findings and policy recommendations from background studies undertaken by SRO-SA as part of overall support to regional industrialization efforts. This webinar will bring together representatives of governments and development partners, experts and the private sector to share insights, experiences, and discuss post-COVID recovery, coping strategies, and sustainable economic growth in the region.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges to economies and social systems across the globe albeit at different levels. The pandemic negatively impacted on public health, economic development, and social well-being across the sub region. Stakeholders, including governments and businesses, implemented measures to curb the spread of the virus, which resulted in massive disruptions to economic activities, job losses, reduced trade and investments, and decreased revenue. The spill- overs of the Russia-Ukraine war have further undermined recovery in member States. These crises have exposed the vulnerabilities of the region and highlighted the need for building resilience to cope with future challenges. This webinar seeks to explore post-COVID recovery, coping strategies, and sustainable economic growth as key themes in building resilience in the region.
Meeting link: https://bit.ly/3Zn7a2Q