Key Points:

  • In November 2006 CDE hosted a Round Table aimed at encouraging dialogue between the private sector and the government about the nature and scope of the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (AsgiSA) which underpins the government’s ambitious plans to halve poverty and unemployment by 2015.
  • Held nine months after Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka launched the initiative in February 2006, the Round Table provided participants with an opportunity to review AsgiSA’s progress to date and raise concerns about its design and implementation.
  • The discussion centred on two keynote presentations. The first was by Alan Hirsch, chief director (economic sector) in the Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) unit of the Presidency.
  • The second was made by Raisibe Morathi, economic adviser to the deputy president.
  • Participants in the ensuing discussion included senior business people, diplomats, and leading private sector economists.

Press release: AsgiSA leaves out critical obstacles to growth

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