DFRC well positioned to deliver on the regional mandate - Mr. Kufeni : Page 2 of 2

mandate is very clear, to provide support to our principal stakeholders, SADC DFIs, to ensure availability of critical skills; best practice operational systems and governance structures; and a regulatory and policy environment promotive of investment growth. The end result is to strengthen DFIs as critical instruments in the mobilisation of long-term resources towards investment in growth sectors, principally industrial and infrastructure for the attainment of the overarching goal of regional integration.


Director of Ceremonies, Ladies and Gentlemen, the launch of our new offices today is of great importance to the DFRC and the DFI Network as it brings about some permanence to our establishment, thus allowing us to focus more rigorously on our mandated developmental deliverables. I must say, having relocated offices twice in the past, it is gratifying to finally own our premises and, I am sure this feeling is shared by all staff of the DFRC.


In this regard, on behalf of DFRC staff, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the DFRC Board of Trustees for their invaluable guidance and the SADC DFI Network for their unwavering support in making this happen.


With these few words, I would like to invite Dr Angelo Mondlane, Director of Policy Planning and Resource Mobilisation (PPRM) Directorate at the SADC Secretariat, to address us.


Thank you.