Partnerships vital to growth: Mbeki

9 June 2003

Successful implementation of the agreement signed at the Growth and Development Summit in Midrand at the weekend will depend on durable partnerships based on a common vision, according to President Thabo Mbeki.

Addressing delegates at the end of the summit, Mbeki said: “Underpinning this assembly of South Africa’s leaders is the common understanding that successful societies are built on the foundation of common purpose.”

Mbeki said the agreement laid the basis and conditions for accelerating economic growth and development.

“It is important that the summit secures the active involvement of the social partners to tackle the urgent challenges that we have identified. We have prioritised urgent challenges that can be addressed relatively quickly, but also key longer-term issues. We have a firm commitment to have active participation by all the social partners.”

Mbeki added that the key identified strategies would take the country onto a higher growth trajectory, if properly implemented.

The summit addressed four encompassing themes identified by stakeholders: addressing investment challenges; creating more jobs; advancing equity and skills development; and local action and implementation.

Mbeki said the critical issue was that concrete timelines had been set for the agreements to be implemented.

“Certainly, it cannot be business as usual for these industries, on the part of government, labour, business and the community sector. Concrete programmes have to be developed as a matter of urgency to improve on what is already being done,” he said.

Source: BuaNews