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SADC holds business forum this Tuesday and Wednesday in Maputo

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is holding this Tuesday and Wednesday in Maputo a business forum between entrepreneurs from the organization's member states.

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According to a note released by the organization, the forum will discuss the socio-economic impact of covid-19 in SADC and post-pandemic recovery strategies, in addition to infrastructure and regional corridor development.

The industrialization focused on improving the trade balance within the countries of the region, the role of energy sectors, mineral resources and the participation of national businessmen in megaprojects will also be topics of the conference.

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi will open the forum, and the event will feature current and former ministers from SADC countries as speakers.

The forum comes ahead of a summit of SADC heads of state and government, to be held Wednesday in Maputo, to discuss a response and support in combating terrorism in northern Mozambique.

Armed groups have terrorized Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique, since 2017, with some attacks claimed by the 'jihadist' group Islamic State, in a wave of violence that has led to more than 2,800 deaths according to the ACLED conflict registration project and 732,000 displaced people according to the UN.

Also according to the UN, more than 900,000 people are under severe food insecurity in Cabo Delgado and host communities are also in urgent need of shelter, protection and other services.

SADC is made up of 16 states, namely: Mozambique, Angola, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Comoros.