Treasury’s Economic Policy Paper: A Response and Analysis by Leon Louw

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The Economic & Finance Portfolio Committee will be hosting a discussion with Mr Leon Louw on Treasury’s Economic Policy Paper published by Minister Tito Mboweni, Minister of Finance in August 2019.

“…The paper, prepared by the National Treasury, was an attempt to translate the broad outcomes of inclusive growth, economic transformation, and competitiveness into specific programmes and draw on a range of domestic and international literature to support these policy priorities. This paper considers the contribution of specific growth reforms that can achieve the outcomes of economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness.

Weak growth over the last six years is a function of both cyclical and structural factors, although structural factors have dominated, including sharply declining competitiveness, which saw South Africa’s position in the Global Competitiveness rankings fall from 44th to 67th between 2007 and 2018. The paper draws on the National Development Plan to outline six themes and the contribution of growth reforms within each theme that prioritize economic transformation, inclusive growth, and competitiveness…”

Mr Louw is a renowned South African author, speaker and policy advisor. He is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Free Market Foundation, a non-profit organisation ranked 123 in a 2017 list of most influential think-tanks in the world. He writes a weekly column for Business Day newspaper and BDlive and appears regularly on TV and Radio.
Attendees will also be given an opportunity to raise questions, concerns and provide input.

We welcome the attendance and engagement of business.

Secretariat: Romilda Williams-Kearns –

Event Details

Date: 17/10/2019

Start time: 11:00

End time: 12:30

Venue: Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Coordinates: 33°55'14.1"S 18°25'54.0"E

Phone: 021 402 4300