NEDLAC sets up team to finalise economic recovery programme - Presidency

Social partners have developed significant degree of convergence and commonality

NEDLAC sets up high-level team to finalise economic recovery programme

13 August 2020 - 6:30pm

The National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) – comprising government, labour, business and community as social partners – has set up a high-level working team to finalise an urgent economic recovery programme for South Africa.

Chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the NEDLAC Forum for Economic Recovery met virtually today, Thursday, 13 August 2020, to discuss how South Africa can extricate itself from economic difficulties that have been worsened by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

NEDLAC constituents agree that the economic crisis is increasing levels of vulnerability including extreme poverty and hunger and that measures are required to stem further declines in GDP, a worsening of the budget deficit and deeper job losses.

Social partners also agree that the fight against corruption must be intensified to ensure that wrongdoing does not undermine the economic recovery effort itself.

Social partners have developed a significant degree of convergence and commonality on the grave nature of the economic challenge, and the need to identify priority interventions and act urgently to move the economy forward.

Consensus is emerging on what to do to achieve economic recovery, transformation, inclusive growth and globally competitive economy.

To deepen consensus and advance to action, NEDLAC constituencies will nominate senior leadership to serve on a team that will over the next three weeks draw up a set of priority actions for economic reconstruction and the institutional arrangements to support these actions.

These arrangements will build on the foundation of the work done by social partners on implementing the agreements reached at the Presidential Job Summit in 2018  and will include transforming the current Presidential Working Committee on the Jobs Summit into a Presidential Working Committee on Economic Recovery.

The team will focus on such areas as job creation, having a sectoral approach, prioritising infrastructure, the need for urgent attention on energy security and working on the bottlenecks to economic growth. 

There is broad agreement that proposals for economic recovery need to be underpinned by immediate measure to protect jobs and livelihoods and building a capable state.

The team will present NEDLAC and the President with an economic recovery action plan that will be submitted to Cabinet for endorsement.

President Ramaphosa underlined the shared responsibility faced by government, labour, business and community to address the challenges facing the country and commended social partners on being united in this effort.

Statement issued by Tyrone Seale, Acting Spokesperson to the President, The Presidency, 13 August 2020