AGENDA

Day 1:

10 March 2020


09:00 - 09:05 Welcome: Brief Introduction on the CBPEP and Aims of Event

Ms Lindiwe Ndlela, Acting Head, Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC)

09:05 - 09:35 Overview: Structural Transformation and the Challenge of Economic Growth in South Africa

Prof Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town


09:35 - 10:50 Panel 1: Macro-Economic Constraints on Growth and Employment - The Role of the State

Macro-Economic Fundamentals and Global Growth

Dr Thabi Leoka, Independent Economist

Expenditure and Taxation: The Pursuit of Long-Run Growth

Prof Tania Ajam, University of Stellenbosch

Pro-Employment Macro-Economic Policies for Africa

Dr Gilad Isaacs, Institute for Economic Justice and Wits University 

Moderator: Mr Ron Derby, Power fm


11:05 - 12:35 Panel 2: Micro-Economic Constraints on Growth and Employment and Possible Solutions

Trade, Exports and Firm Competitiveness

Prof Lawrence Edwards, University of Cape Town

Market Structure and Competition Policy in South Africa: Growth and Employment Challenges

Prof Liberty Mncube, Wits University

South Africa’s Energy Policy: Opportunities and Constraints for Economic Growth and Employment

Dr Kenneth Creamer, Wits University

South Africa’s Current Competition Policy Cases: The Search for Economic Growth

Ms Tamara Paremoer, Competition Commission 

Moderator: Prof Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town



13:35 - 15:05 Panel 3: Opportunities and Constraints in Labour-Intensive Sectors

Opportunities and Constraints in Expanding Employment-Intensive Sectors

Prof Anthony Black, University of Cape Town and Prof Fiona Tregenna, University of Johannesburg

Growth and Employment in Agriculture: Key Opportunities and Constraints

Mr Wandile Sihlobo, Agricultural Business Chamber of SA

Growth and Employment in Clothing & Textiles: Key Opportunities and Constraints

Mr Etienne Vlok, South African Clothing and Textiles Workers Union

Trade Negotiations and Inclusive Growth: Opportunities and Risks

Prof Faizel Ismail, University of Cape Town 

Moderator: Ms Kathy Nicolaou-Manias, CBPEP


15:20 - 16:50 Panel 4: What Role Does the State Need to Play to Further Unlock Employment Opportunities in Sectors with High-Growth Potential?

The Green Economy

Dr Grové Steyn, Meridian Economics

Tourism

Ms Kate Rivett-Carnac, Independent Consultant

The Chemical Sector

Dr Rod Crompton, Wits University

Logistics and Transport Sector

Mr Derek Thomas, Letsema

Global Value Chains and Growth Opportunities for South Africa

Prof Mike Morris, University of Cape Town

Moderator: Mr Ron Derby, Power fm

16:50 - 17:00 Conclusions and Thanks

Mr Glen Fisher, CBPEP


Day 2:

11 March 2020


09:00 - 09:05 Welcome

Ms Kathy Nicolaou-Manias, CBPEP

09:05 - 09:20 Commentary: Infrastructure in South Africa: Opportunities and Constraints for Economic Growth

Dr Renosi Mokate, Concentric Alliance (Pty) Ltd


09:20 - 10:00 Panel 5: The SOE Debt Crisis: What Is to Be Done? 

Dr Neva Makgetla, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies

Mr Stuart Theobald, Intellidex

Mr Mike Brown, etf-SA.co.za

Moderator: Ms Pippa Green, South African Press Council


10:00 - 11:20 Panel 6: Social Issues and Political Economy

The Role of the Fiscus - Limits and Opportunities

Prof Michael Sachs, Wits University

Schooling as an Economic Growth Constraint

Prof Servaas van der Berg, University of Stellenbosch

Inequality as an Economic Growth Constraint

Prof Murray Leibbrandt, University of Cape Town

Constructing a Social Plan for Growth

Mr Neil Coleman, Institute for Economic Justice

Jobs and Inclusion

Ms Ann Bernstein, Centre for Development and Enterprise 

Moderator: Ms Pippa Green, South African Press Council


11:35 - 13:30 Panel 7: Unemployment and Active Labour Market Policies

Expanded Public Works Programme and Community Work Programme

Dr Kate Philip, Independent Expert

The Jobs Fund

Ms Najwah Allie-Edries, National Treasury

Youth Employment Service (YES)

Ms Tashmia Ismail, YES

The Presidential Youth Intervention

Mr Rudi Dicks, Presidency

The Role of Employment Programmes

Dr Morné Oosthuizen, University of Cape Town

The Informal Economy

Mr Ayabonga Cawe, Xesibe Holdings

Moderator: Ms Pippa Green, South African Press Council

 

13:30 - 13:40 Closing and Thanks

European Union Representative


14:30 - 16:30 Programme Advisory Panel – Closed Session

Designing the Economy for the Future: A Long-Term Perspective to Growing Employment in SA Panel Discussion

Mr Rudi Dicks, Presidency

Mr Andrew Donaldson, University of Cape Town

Prof Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town 


Facilitated Discussion

Chaired by Ms Subethri Naidoo, GTAC