The Regional Integration Research Network launches with a symposium on 18 September from 14h30 – 18h00, at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) in Midrand, South Africa.  For Photos of the launch event, click here.  For videos of presentations and discussions, click on the relevant link in the programme below.

Event Programme

14:30-14:45 Welcome and Introduction | Ms Sarah Dunn - Head of DFID Southern Africa.  Click here to watch video.
14:45-15:30

Improving Regional Multi-Modal Transport Networks
(Presenter: Mark Pearson | Discussant: Bo Giersing)
•    Infrastructural and logistical challenges faced in improving the efficiencies of multi-modal regional transport networks
•    Initiatives under implementation by the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite to meet these challenges
•    Discussion

Click here to download the presentation. 

Click here to watch video: Mark Pearson's presentation on "Improving Regional Multi-Modal Transport Networks"

Click here to watch video:  Group Discussion on Financing Infrastructure Development, Facilitated by Bo Giersing.

15:30-16:45

Reducing Trading Costs
(Presenters: Charles Chaitezvi, Wim van Schalkwyk | Discussant: Tony Dalmeida)
•    Reducing trading cost through trade facilitation interventions
•    Measuring corridor performance (particularly delays at border posts)
•    Embracing private sector knowledge / capacity
•    Discussion

Click here to download the presentation Part 1 (Charles Chaitezvi). 

Click here to watch video part 1: Charles Chaitezvi on "Trade Facilitation in the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite"

Click here to download the presentation Part 2 (Wim van Schalkwyk).

Click here to watch video part 2:  Wim van Schalkwyk on "Border Post Performance Monitoring"

16:45-17:00 Tea / Coffee Break
17:00-17:45

Sustainable Infrastructure Development
(Presenters: Lolette Kritzinger van-Niekerk, Deon Fourie | Discussant: Peet du Plooy)
•    Measuring the carbon footprint of road infrastructure projects
•    Discussion

Click here to download the presentation.

17:45-18:00 Closure & Way Forward
•    Cooperation and knowledge sharing – working together on regional integration innovations
18:00 + Reception / Cocktail

Related Documentation

RIRN Launch | 18 September 2012

Early Closure of TMSA Programme: The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to terminate its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA will officially be closed from 17 March 2014 instead of 31 October 2014. For more information about the TMSA closure, and for a summary of some of the more notable successes of the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support, please click here