ICSOE on the theme: Strategies and Policies for the Promotion of SME’s in the Industrialization Process in Southern Africa
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 to Friday, September 13, 2019
Ezulwini, Eswatini

The Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE) is a United Nations (UN) General Assembly policy sub-organ of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development established to provide a forum for engaging member States’ senior officials and experts on policy and programme-related matters in each of the five (5) sub regions of Africa – North, Central, West, East and South. The ICSOE is an integral part of ECA’s governance machinery and meets annually to consider, provide guidance and endorse the formulation and implementation of the programme of work in line with the priorities of each sub region and issue recommendations with a view to ensuring that the development imperatives of the sub regions are fully reflected in the overall work programme of ECA. 

The 25th Session will focus on how the SMEs can be developed, integrated and supported to anchor the industrialization process and address the development aspirations of Southern Africa. Building on the observations and proposals of 24th ICE, this session will proffer recommendations on national and regional level strategies to elevate and strengthen the contribution of SMEs to industrialization and socio-economic transformation in the region.