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28th October 2013

I am pleased to have this opportunity to participate in the launch of the Eastern Cape Province Trade, Investment and Tourism Promotion Symposium. Our work together here captures our common recognition of the importance of the Eastern Cape for our national economy. Inclusive growth in South Africa would of course be meaningless if it did not also include this province.

You do not need me to tell you about the strengths of the Eastern Cape economy. The province holds around 13% of the South African population and produces 7,5% of our GDP.

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