SADC aims to incorporate non-governmental organisations into its processes for Regional Integration and economic development. One such non-governmental organisation is the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry – a collective of national business organisations within Southern Africa committed to free enterprise, regional cooperation, and promoting mutual interests with SADC.
Therefore, SADC passed its Memorandum of Understanding Between the Southern Africa Development Community and the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry on 7th August 2000. This Memorandum of Understanding formally recognises the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry as a representative group of economic operators within the region and establishes an agreement for cooperation between it and SADC. Through the Memorandum of Understanding, both parties agree to cooperate on matters of mutual interest, fostering the objectives of SADC, and to engage in regular consultations to discuss areas of cooperation.