The OECD has published its fifth economic survey of South Africa, OECD Economic Surveys: South Africa 2017. This survey "identifies some of the foundations for inclusive growth in the future: more access to higher education; a more integrated labour market; expanding regional markets; and efforts to promote entrepreneurship and SMEs. Allow me to address each of these in turn.
The meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2017 convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, was held from Monday, 10 July, to Wednesday, 19 July 2017. "In accordance with paragraph 84. of the 2030 Agenda, Member States have decided that the HLPF shall carry out regular voluntary reviews of the 2030 Agenda which will include developed and developing countries as well as relevant UN entities and other stakeholders. The reviews will be state-led, involving ministerial and other relevant high-level participants, and provide a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders."
The Competition Commission has published Guidelines on the Exchange of Information between Competitors under the Competition Act No.89 of 1998 (as amended) 03 July 2017: Draft for comment. "The Commission identified a need to provide guidance to both public and private stakeholders, as well as industry associations, on the sharing of information between competitors.
The Department of Transport has published the National Rail Policy Draft White Paper. "The National Rail Policy intends is to place rail on a sound footing to collaborate with and compete against the other transport modes to position it to serve as national land transport backbone by 2050. The remedial interventions will be two-pronged, infrastructure investment interventions to enhance rail's inherent competitiveness, and enabling interventions to adjust institutional arrangements to ensure that rail functions effectively in delivering its share of the national transport task."