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Multiple barriers to doing business in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region have previously been identified in numerous surveys and indices. However, little has been done to date to address these barriers. This is mainly due to a lack of understanding as to how practical solutions could be found to overcome these constraints.

To fill this gap, the SADC Secretariat and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), conducted a research and dialogue project on the most important business constraints for the SADC region. SAIIA implemented this project, which involved the following steps:

Identification of top 10 business constraints identified in the SADC region based on a sample of business and investment climate surveys over the last years

Conducting 45 firm-level case studies on specific firms operating in the SADC region that are experiencing one or several of the identified constraints

Conducting Public Private Partnerships (PPP) case studies, to explore the difficulties experienced by the private sector in SADC

Developing a second set of barriers case studies on each of the business constraints in the SADC region

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