Mtshweni to host public-private conference

Mtshweni to host public-private conference
HOST: Premier Refilwe Mtshweni's office says the conference is aimed at finding ways to grow the economy and create jobs. PICTURE BY Twitter.

It will be held at Emnotweni in Mbombela from 20 to 21 November 2018.

Premier Refilwe Mtshweni will host the public-private-partnership symposium to discuss economic growth and job creations.

Her government hopes that possible investment opportunities and infrastructure projects can be showcased to potential financiers and others.

It will be led by economic development MEC Eric Kholwane and will feature around 300 delegates who will form part of discussions.

On the first day of the conference – on 20 November – Mtshweni will host and address a gala dinner.

Kholwane said the symposium or conference aims to “forge ties between government and business” in order to grow the economy and create jobs.

“By strengthening partnerships with the private sector and working together to invest in infrastructure development we can unlock growth and boost job creations,” Kholwane said.

The event will be held at the Southern Sun Emnotweni in Mbombela.

There will be panel discussions and showcasing of projects as well as various workshops and project site visits.

Eight projects will be showcased by the Mpumalanga government, including the Mpumalanga International Fresh Produce Market and the Nkomazi Special Economic Zone.

Private-public partnerships are important because they create opportunities for financial innovations as well as developing and maintaining socio-economic infrastructure projects.

It is also to achieve socio-economic transformation and ensure both business and government are able to address “ways of implementing bankable projects in the province”.

“This symposium is an opportunity to enhance stronger partnership practices for the benefit of the people of Mpumalanga,” Kholwane said.

“It will also contribute significantly to forging ties between important stakeholders in the public and private sectors while also contributing to relational capacity building,” he said.

(edited by MLM)

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