CDE is hosting a series of webinars on the informal sector. Each event will be led by a world-renowned expert and will seek to uncover the most effective way to strengthen small, mostly informal firms with growth potential. How can these firms become engines of economic inclusion and job creation in South Africa?

Please join us for a discussion on the impact of regulatory regimesWhich policies have worked best to strengthen the position of informal firms and allow them to expand economic opportunities for the poor? What would it take to build a regulatory environment in which small businesses could flourish in South Africa?

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The discussion will be led by Colin Williams, Professor of Public Policy, University of Sheffield, who specializes in studying the size and character of the informal economy, and evaluating different public policy approaches and initiatives to promote development in this area. He is editor of the International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy.

The following speakers have also been confirmed:
• Bulelani Balabala, founder, Township Entrepreneurs Alliance
• Septi Bukula, founder and director, Osiba Management
• Brendon Darroll, senior research manager, SBP
• Frederick Fourie, professor and senior research fellow, University of the Free State
• Kgotso Mmadi, president, Wesvaal Chamber of Business
• Gerhard Papenfus, CEO, National Employers Association of South Africa (NEASA)
• Oupa Pilane, president, Kruger Lowveld Chamber of Business and Tourism