This is the second time Tanzania is hosting a similar conference. A statement issued in Dar es Salaam by the TSPA Executive Director Fadhili Mbaga, the Conference will be held back to back with the SADC Technical Committee on Sugar meetings on October 4 and 5. Theme for this year’s Conference is “Whither SADC Sugar Industries?”
FSSP is an annual event organized in turn by each of the SADC sugar producing countries and offers an important platform for its members and other relevant stakeholders to engage proactively in a dialogue on issues of importance for the development and consolidation of the SADC sugar industries. Launched in November 2000, the FSSP includes sugar associations and other bodies representing the sugar industry of the SADC member states.
Mr Mbaga said that the objectives of the federation are to promote the common interests of the sugar industries within SADC in close cooperation with Technical Committee on Sugar (TCS). This was established in accordance with the Sugar Cooperation Agreement (Annex VII of SADC Protocol on Trade), and also to provide a forum for discussion and foster specific programs of common interests among members.
The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperative. Christopher Chiza will grace the opening ceremony. Participants at this conference come from different sugar industry stakeholders within SADC countries such as Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Currently SADC countries produce approximately five million tons of sugar per year, about 3 per cent of the world’s total production and export some 2 million tons or 40 per cent of total production in SADC. Many SADC sugar industries have potential for further production expansion.