Invitation: Economic Research Project: A Blueprint for the rejuvenation of the South African economy (Tourism sector input)

The Inclusive Society Institute (ISI) is undertaking research aimed at rejuvenating the South African economy.

The current economic stagnation/decline in the country will require a drastic deviation from business as usual. The ISI believes that the growing socio-economic backlogs, trust deficit and fiscal quandary call for urgent and unconventional interventions to put the country back on an acceptable growth trajectory. Deliberating on such potential interventions will require open, honest, frank and inclusive dialogue.

Therefore, the ISI has opted for a unique approach, breaking away from formalised, large-scale summit/conference-type dialogue. Instead, it is hosting a series of more intimate sectoral interactions – comprising 10 to 15 subject specialist participants – aimed at addressing sector-specific concerns. These will later be incorporated into a national strategy combining all sectoral inputs. 

Each sectoral dialogue will be hosted in two parts:

  • In the first part, participants will, from their sectoral vantage point, consider in which areas the South African economy is not in tune with the global, generally accepted economic architecture, and what the country needs to do to get it right.
  • In the second part, the focus will shift to out-of-the-box thinking so as to propose new and imaginative approaches for potential inclusion in the economic policy mix. At this stage it is important to generate the ideas, the applicability and viability of which within the South African context, will be tested in the next phase of the research.

The ISI’s economic project is being driven by:

  • Mr Theo Vorster, an economist and CEO of Galileo Capital;
  • Mr Vusi Khanyile, businessman, a member of the Presidential State-Owned Enterprises Council and board chairman of the Inclusive Society Institute;
  • Professor Tania Ajam, who is associated with the School for Public Leadership at Stellenbosch University and serves on the President’s Economic Advisory Council; and
  • The reporting and analysis is being undertaken by Engineering News under the guidance of Dr Kenneth Creamer, also a member of the President’s Economic Advisory Council.

The ISI is partnering with the Tourism Business Council of South Africa with regard to the Tourism Sector Dialogue, who’s CEO, Mr Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa, has nominated yourself to participate in the discussions.

Accordingly, the ISI will highly appreciate you sharing your ideas, and if not you, then if your organisation could nominate a senior representative knowledgeable of the subject matter to participate in this event. Kindly confirm your organisation’s willingness to take part in this initiative by registering via the link below at your earliest convenience.

Please register below on or before 14 June 2022

Date:Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Time:16h00 – 18h30
Venue:Zoom Videoconferencing


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