Business and Government Relations

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Working more effectively with the public sector

With influence on politics, macro-economics, policy, regulation, licensing, incentives, taxes and SOEs, few stakeholders are as important to business as the government. The quality of a company's relationship with government is now a key determinant of corporate value.

Yet, few executives are equipped to understand, manage, or improve this relationship effectively. Business-government relations can be greatly improved at all levels.

This programme provides executives and senior managers with the insight and tools to manage the government and public policy relationship constructively.


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Who should attend?

Senior and mid-level executives and advisors from CEOs' office, Strategy, Public Affairs, Government Relations, Public Policy and Advocacy, Stakeholder Management, Regulatory Affairs, Licensing, Corporate Affairs, Corporate Citizenship, and Communications. 

How you will benefit
At the end of the programme, you will be able to:

  • Understand the political and policy forces shaping the environment of business in South Africa today
  • Prepare a plan for your business to improve relationships with government
  • Analyse government stakeholders and activities on all levels
  • Engage strategically with the public policy process
  • Advocate and lobby effectively and ethically
  • Plan and structure stakeholder engagement and dialogue
  • Build a support network of other public affairs managers
  • Leave with case studies from senior business leaders and government officials

Key focus areas:
  • Understanding the political and policy outlook for business 
  • Analysing role that government plays in your business
  • Mapping government stakeholders
  • Engaging with public policy processes
  • Working with policy, regulation, and licensing 
  • Accessing state partnership opportunities 
  • Stronger stakeholder management
  • Effective advocacy and regulatory lobbying
  • Turning your company into an active corporate citizen
  • Improving your company’s government and public sector relations

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Ryan Short is Partner at Genesis Analytics, the largest economics-based consultancy in Africa. As a political economist and strategist, he has provided advice to both the private and public sectors for 14 years, advising many of South Africa's largest companies on government relations, public policy and advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and shared value strategy. Ryan is a visiting lecturer at GIBS on the Environment of Business, and Business and Public Policy.

Guest Speakers

Kirston Greenop, Head of Regulatory Advocacy, Standard Bank

Yolisa Kani, Head of Public Policy, Uber

David Lewis, Former Chair of Competition Tribunal, Executive Director of Corruption Watch

Carol Paton, Deputy Editor of the Business Day

Tanya Cohen, CEO of Business Unity South Africa

Khulekani Mathe, Head of Financial Inclusion, BASA; formerly Head of Planning at National Planning Commission

Senior business leaders, and government and regulatory officials will present case studies on managing the government business relationship constructively.

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