Will Zuma’s Infrastructure Programme Boost The Economy

10 July 2012 18:00 - Phoebe Robinson

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Will Zuma’s Infrastructure Programme Boost The Economy

In 2011 the South African Government created the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC). The idea was that this programme would drive the infrastructure of the country forward. The programme is lead by the president and made up of select ministers, premiers and metro mayors.

The PM has recently announced that South Africa’s infrastructure programme will release the economic potential of the country.  President Jacob Zuma referring to the infrastructure programme said, “It must help us to improve the overall productivity of the economy through better logistics, reliable energy supply and efficient ports.

When addressing the Black Management Forum, Zuma talked about how his programme will also embrace the social infrastructure of the country like schools and medical clinics and also help to create jobs. The president announced how he was pleased with the positive response that came from these announcements. Zuma spoke of his pleasure at how far his country had come since it became a democracy, but said that the South Africa needed more work before they achieve the desired social and economic transformation is achieved.

Moreover other measures to boost the South African economy that is being noted is the country’s ability to attract tourists through wine tourism. According to the Minister of tourism, wine tourism is a fast growing sector of the global tourism market.  "I believe wine tourism can contribute in a significant way to the South African economy and we look forward to continued constructive engagement with the industry," said Marthinius Van Schalkwy.

South Africa is working towards becoming one of the world’s top 20 travel destinations by 2020.

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Related Links:
• Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission
Official Site
• Black Managment Forum
Official Site

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