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Programme purpose: Strengthen the economic development policy capacity of government; review, develop and propose the alignment of economic policies; and develop policies aimed at broadening participation in the economy and creating decent work opportunities.

The programme consists of the following sub-programmes:




Strategic objectives 

Strategic Objective 1

Coordinate the implementation of the New Growth Path

Objective statement

This sub-programme will develop papers and policy proposals and hold of policy platforms; consult with departments, municipalities, public entities and SOEs; establish an economic development index; and generate fact sheets, policy briefings, policy proposals and working papers.

Strategic Objective 2

Develop economic policies and sector strategies

Objective statement

This sub-programme will identify macro-economic and micro-economic policy options, outline and analyse future paths of the economy under a different mix of policies in a consistent manner;

quantitatively analyse the likely impact of policy options and shocks on the main growth and development index; and

analyse the impact of uncertainty on the economy by showing how the system will respond to different development in external factors such as oil prices or world trade.

Strategic Objective 3

Promote Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)

Objective statement

This sub-programme will work to ensure that the economy is structured and transformed to enable the meaningful participation of the majority of its citizens and to further create capacity within the broader economic landscape at all levels

Strategic Objective 4

Transform and mainstream the second economy

Objective statement

This sub-programme will develop policies that will transform second economy activities into dynamic, competitive activities that are part of the economic mainstream and included in the country’s tax and other arrangements.

Strategic Objective 5

Establish an Economic Development Institute

Objective statement

This sub-programme will provide a platform for economic researchers and practitioners to collaboratively produce research and policy papers, to provide analysis of data collected by the state and other institutions and to popularise and make accessible issues of economic policy.

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Scam Alert
All Service Providers and Businesses

The Economic Development Department wishes to advise members of the public, particularly those in business, to be alert to a scam utilizing the logo of the Economic Development Department. The fraudsters involved send unsuspecting business operators a Request for Quotations for the provision of Solar Panels.

As the Economic Development Department, we wish to state that we do not have such a project, and therefore beware that the Request for Quotation is not from the Economic Development Department.

Please confirm any request you receive with our Supply Chain Management division on these details 012 394 3579. Report these fraudulent activities to the SAPS or call the Anti Corruption hotline 0800 701 701 or SMS to 39772 or send an email to fraud@economic.gov.za.

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