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involves case studies, group work and discussions.

The programme was attended by sixnteen (16) participants all from the Local Enterprise Authority (LEA).

Corporate Governance

9th - 10th December 2014, Gaborone, Botswana

The DFRC facilitated a corporate governance programme for Botswana Investment Trade Centre (BITC) for its management.

The purpose of the programme was to raise awareness of the concept, practice and relevance of good corporate governance in the context of development finance institutions and the challenges they face.  The main focus was best practice of corporate governance with special emphasis on director’s duties and liabilities.

The programme also provided the opportunity for management to improve their skills through a practical and interactive approach that involved case studies, group work and discussions, as well as the prospect of sharing experiences.

Twenty one (21) participants attended the programme, all from the Botswana Investment and Trade Centre (BITC).

9th CEO's Forum

4th December 2014, Durban, South Africa

The results of the 2013/14 scan of the development finance institutions (DFIs) and environment, and the recent PSGRS Self-Assessment and Peer Review in November 2014 demonstrated that one of the biggest challenges that the DFIs face is the mobilisation of resources for investment in projects. Yet, this is one of the most important functions for the DFIs, to raise investible funds whether from the local and international capital markets, or from international development partners, and to apply these to the ever-growing needs for resources in the agricultural, industrial, SME, infrastructure and housing sectors and other areas of need.

As part of its effort to address the challenges, the DFRC provided a platform for regional Chief Executive Officers to share issues of common interest around resource mobilisation and sustainability. The Forum took the form of a panel discussion, and seeking to draw on the experiences of a cross-section of DFIs from the Network to explore the practical challenges and the opportunities for raising resources for critical socio-economic development projects within the SADC economies and across the region in support of the overarching regional integration goal. Through this high level dialogue, the Chief Executives and other senior executives of the DFIs had a better understanding of issues surrounding this area, and thus enhance their capacity to develop more effective strategies for successful resource mobilisation.

The forum attracted forty nine (49) participants from the SADC-DFIs and governments with representatives from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Angola, Lesotho, Botswana, Seychelles, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania and Swaziland.

Due Diligence

25th - 28th November 2014, Pretoria, South Africa
2nd - 5th December 2014, Pretoria, South Africa

These trainings were provided in response to a request by the Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa to train their members of