South Africa

Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises in Southern Africa


OECD Network on Corporate Governance of State-Owned Enterprises in Southern Africa


Boosting the performance of the SOE sector through improved governance arrangements can potentially lead to better economic and social outcomes in Southern Africa. 


The SOE Network for Southern African provides a forum for regional dialogue and co-operation. It is the first initiative of its kind to focus on SOE governance and mainly covers the member economies of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). The Network was launched in 2007 to support regional and national reformers in their efforts to improve the performance of SOEs. The Network achieves this through:

  • Raising awareness and building consensus on the challenges and the benefits associated with SOE governance
  • Benchmarking progress and and measuring change in participant countries
  • Influencing policy making and strengthening capacity by providing a forum in which policy makers, practitioners and experts can share knowledge and experiences
  • Supporting viable and effective reforms by analysing policy options, developing relevant recommendations and agreeing on regional reform priorities.

Annual meetings reinforce this process and dedicated regional taskforces work on specific recommendations for improvements in thematic areas.


Network participants are currently engaged in developing:

Guidelines on the governance of SOEs in Southern Africa

-  Company guidance on anti-corruption and corporate ethics

-  A white paper on the governance of SOEs in the infrastructure sector


More about the Network


Participating countries

Angola, Botswana, DR Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe



SOE Network for Southern Africa - visual signature 250 pixels


6th meeting, Victoria Falls, 24-25 Nov 2015

5th meeting, Lusaka, 26-27 Nov 2014

4th meeting, Swakopmund, 18-19 Nov 2013

3rd meeting, Midrand, 8-9 Oct 2012

2nd meeting, Mozambique, 27-28 May 2009

1st meeting, Capetown, 6-7 May 2008




Ethics and Business Integrity in Southern Africa: Handbook for Governments as Owners and State-owned Enterprises, 2016 (pdf)


Stocktaking of Anti-Corruption and Business Integrity Measures for Southern African SOEs, 2014


State-Owned Enterprise Governance: A Stocktaking of Reforms and Challenges in Southern Africa , 2014


Governance of SOEs in Southern Africa, 2014 (pdf)


Corporate governance of state-owned enterprises


Boards of directors of SOEs: An overview of national practices, 2013


Competitive Neutrality: Maintaining a level playing field between public and private business, 2012


Accountability and Transparency: a Guide for State Ownership, 2010


OECD Guidelines on Corporate Governance of SOEs



For further information, contact
Sara Sultan (





Related Documents