In April 2015 SADC member states met to agree on a regional industrial development strategy. During this meeting it was agreed that industrialisation would take centre stage, with regional integration being identified as an important vehicle to accelerate industrialisation. However, companies in individual countries can be expected to lobby strongly for their own interests. As such, key questions that arise include considerations of how progressive industrial policies can be shaped at the national and regional level. Furthermore, how will industrial policy decisions of each country affect regional development? In this context, what can SADC countries learn from other experiences, including within Asia and elsewhere in Africa, about industrial policy formulation and implementation?
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