Business is crucial for growth and development. Agenda 2019: Business and Development deals with parties’ attitudes to business, and asks whether they understand the role of business in driving development.
Business activities need to expand. Instead, they are contracting at an alarming rate. In 2015, there were 37 000 fewer small businesses than in 2008.
A government committed to promoting business activity would crack down on crony capitalism, cut red tape, ensure credible property rights and actively attract FDI.
Existing businesses can develop more jobs opportunities than any other instrument, but our economy will not reduce poverty without many new businesses.
Anti-business rhetoric must stop. Negative business sentiment undermines business confidence, distorts policy, deters investment and ultimately costs jobs.