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Southern African Development Community (SADC)

The ABS Initiative often partners with SADC for sub-regional activities and projects. SADC also participates in relevant workshops organized by the ABS Initiative.

The integration of the private sector in ABS compliant value chains is a major focus of the sub-region. There have been several public-private exchanges initiated by the ABS Initiative in collaboration with PhytoTrade Africa. These are first steps towards a regional ABS Help Desk dealing with real ABS cases.

A second sub-regional project is the development of a Research and Development Platform for Southern Africa in Namibia.

In 2013, the SADC Secretariat also hosted an ABS Initiative training on ABS and Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) for ABS National Focal Points in Botswana.