Economic stagnation requires action, but will it be delivered in an election year or will the system continue to crack? Beyond the obvious headlines and current rhetoric, this conference examines the fundamentals, opportunities, inherent weaknesses and prospects for the South African economy in 2019.
Tied to this, of course, is the impact of politics and historical constraints, especially inequality and economic exclusion. Based on the structure of the South African economy, and the twin burdens of large skill gaps and high rates of unemployment, we ask if economic growth alone can answer South Africa’s challenges.
This conference will unpack the following issues:
The impact politics is likely to have in an election year;
The economic outlook for 2019 and the next few years;
The near-term and longer-term wins that would help leapfrog our economy to join the fast-growing African economy;
How to ensure that the country plays best its competitive advantage, and the implications if it fails to do so;
Attracting Investment and its impact on growth;
Geo-politics and it's effect on
emerging markets which are directly impacted by policy and trade decisions;
The land debate.
Prof Adrian Saville, GIBS faculty.
Speakers confirmed to date:
Jacko Maree, one of President Cyril Ramaphosa's special envoys and former CEO of Standard Bank;
Stephen Grootes, political commentator and award-winning journalist;
Dr Azar Jammine,
director and chief economist , Econometrix;
Dr Thabi Leoka,
economic strategist, Argon Asset Management;
Professor Ruth Hall, sits on the President's advisory panel on land reform and researcher and professor at the University of the Western Cape’s Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS);
Tanya Cohen, chief executive, Business Unity South Africa
Gina Schoeman, SA economist, Citibank Global Economists Team;
Ann Bernstein, executive director, Centre for Development and Enterprise;
author and political analyst;
Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, leading political commentator, Univerisity of Pretoria and board of the National Research Foundation (NRF)
chief economist, Investec;
Seamus Duggan, senior analyst, Control Risks
Other speakers to be confirmed shortly
Discounts: Book for 5 people or more and receive a 20% discount
For conference sponsorship opportunities contact Katie Kilpatrick on Kilpatrickk@gibs.co.za