DEVDISCOURSE / 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 - 22.45 / NEWS DESK PRETORIA
President Cyril Ramaphosa has today, 26 September 2019, held an engagement with several businessleaders on accelerating the pace of reforms to build businessconfidence, enhance investmentand grow the economy faster.
The meeting attended by the leadership of South Africa's major banks and representatives from business bodies was held at the request of business.
The President has committed to holding similar engagements with other social partners including organised labor. Image Credit: Twitter(@SAgovnews)
Business leaders wish to support several broader initiatives, including a regular engagement at Nedlac to address the employment crisis in the country.
The President has committed to holding similar engagements with other social partners including organised labor.
Today's meeting acknowledged the work done by the government to date too, among others, rebuild and strengthen state institutions including the South African Revenue Service and National Prosecuting Authority, as well as interventions in several state-owned companies.
The meeting further considered progress on the implementation of much-needed reforms for faster economic growth, including the restructuring of Eskom, the release of the spectrum, digital migration and a comprehensive review of the country's visa regime.
The President welcomed the engagement, saying the challenges confronting the country require a collaborative approach underpinned by a strong social compact between all social partners.
The President has further agreed on the need to fast-track the short-term reforms announced in, among others, the economic recovery and stimulus plan. He has also reaffirmed the government's commitment to reduce regulatory impediments to investment and growth.
To this end, the President highlighted work done by the government to enhance policy certainty in key areas, including through the publication of a revised mining charter, and a directive on the release of the spectrum.
The President has lauded significant progress made to South Africa's visa regime which is already yielding successes including positive growth in forwarding bookings from Ghana, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates, among other source markets.
In a different sector, the Development Bank of Southern Africa is at an advanced stage in the establishment of the Infrastructure Fund Implementation Unit that will drive operationalization of the Infrastructure Fund announced by the President.
This Unit is in the process of finalizing a pipeline of initial projects that will be presented at the South Africa Investment Conference in November.
The President will shortly announce also the establishment of three Presidential Advisory Councils focusing on Economic Growth, Investment Promotion, and State-Owned Enterprises.
The Advisory Councils will bring together diverse local and international experts from government, business, labor, academia and civil society to further generate and guide implementation of substantive and practical interventions for faster economic growth and job creation.
The Councils will also drive the process of rebuilding the governance capacity in several state-owned companies. The Advisory Councils will contribute to building a capable state, as demanded by the National Development Plan, through a transfer of skills and improvement on economic policyformulation and implementation.
(With Inputs from South African Presidency Release)
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