The economies in Africa and, primarily the SADC, are currently fragmented from an economic perspective by promoting greater access to financial services with South Africa being the key pillar on which they all rely. The Supplier Development and Value chain programme aims to unlock the rich primary resources that the countries in the SADC have but are not able to integrate economically through formal processes. The Programme will ensure that Financial Inclusion 2.0 drives the development and engagement of many SMMEs and Government programmes so that they come up together to the benefit of the poor, through employment creation and cooperation of small business and the uniformity of policies. The programme will not only boost cooperation of the economies but will help in knitting together several programmes currently being championed by FMT These include Informal cross border trading, Innovation, and financial digital identity.
The Programme will unlock opportunities for small traders across the region and will help in the design and implementation of broad strategies. These address key barriers in agriculture, small scale companies, policies, beneficiation of primary products, effective employment creation, and will enhance the journey of the integration of SADC economies.