SA committed to infrastructure developments for economic reform

first_imgIn order to improve access to African markets, the country’s six busiest border posts will be upgraded and expanded, the minister stated, adding that “these will be significant infrastructure interventions using the PPP [public-private partnership] model.” Finance and Policy Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter Generation “We will not rest until we have fundamentally altered the structure of this economy by lowering barriers to entry, broadening ownership patterns, raising productivity and lowering the cost of doing business.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mboweni also said the National Treasury continues to work with industry bodies to promote South Africa as a financial hub for Africa. From 1 March 2021, companies with a primary listing offshore, including dual‐listings, will be aligned to current foreign direct investment rules, which the South African Reserve Bank will oversee.   Have you read?Top four risks of doing business in South Africa in 2021 According to the finance minister, government has committed to a R791.2 billion in infrastructure investment drive. “We are already partnering with the private sector and other players to rollout infrastructure through initiatives such as the blended finance Infrastructure Fund. However, all these efforts to expand infrastructure will be wasted if the end user does not pay a cost‐reflective tariff for usage,” he said. Image: Yuttana Jeenamool© In terms of the progress on economic reform, he said: “…we are making meaningful progress in the implementation of our structural economic reforms. Our structural weaknesses limit the rate at which our economy can grow. Our structural reform agenda, as articulated in the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, is aimed at removing these brakes on growth.   AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Read the full speech. TAGSeconomic transformationSouth Africa Previous articleEnergy efficiency is imperative for 5G networks efficacy – reportNext articleFinal call for Africa’s low carbon entrepreneurs for Ashden Awards Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. Mboweni further stated that sub‐Saharan Africa is forecast to grow by 3.2%. In this context, the South African economy is expected to rebound by 3.3% this year, following a 7.2% contraction in 2020, and average 1.9% in the outer two years.   Global economic growth is expected to rebound to 5.5% in 2021 before moderating slightly to 4.2% in 2022, spurred on by the expected rollout of COVID‐19 vaccines and other additional policy measures. Infrastructure interventions BRICS This is according to the remarks made by finance minister Tito Mboweni while delivering the 2021 Budget Speech in Parliament on Wednesday. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

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