Posted by: africanpressorganization | 19 August 2008

South Africa / Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) meets senior members of the ANC

 

South Africa / Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) meets senior members of the ANC

 

CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa, August 19, 2008/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A delegation of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) office bearers, led by their President Mr. Brian Molefe, met this morning with senior members of the ANC led by Treasurer General Dr. Mathews Phosa.

BUSA, as the voice of organised business, requested the meeting in order to engage with the ANC leadership on a future working relationship between the two parties to advance dialogue between business and the ruling party on matters of mutual interests. 


Dr Phosa welcomed the BUSA initiative and stated that organised business is an important role player in South Africa and that continual engagement on key issues would certainly add value not only in developing policy but in moving to actual delivery and implementation on agreed initiatives.

The meeting, which was also attended by Mr Max Sisulu, Chairman of the ANC Economic Transformation Committee discussed matters pertaining to economic policy and the role of the private sector in job creation and poverty alleviation.   ,The meeting further committed to the strengthening of social dialogue through Nedlac.  BUSA stressed its willingness to engage on key matters using its existing structures more effectively to help build a better life for all.

 

The ANC briefed the delegation on post Polokwane programmes to concretize conference decisions on the economy and once again reiterated the need not only for sound economic policy but also the need for speedier delivery particularly in the areas of economic growth linked to the eradication of poverty and the creation of jobs.

The role of the private sector in the region was discussed as well as both parties’ desire to see a speedy resolution of the situation in Zimbabwe. 


Dr Phosa challenged organised business to be more proactive in its engagement with the ANC and Government rather than taking what is seen as primarily a reactive role. “There should be no holly cows in our engagement, we need a strong private sector voice as the ruling party,” said Dr Phosa.

Mr Molefe accepted the challenge on behalf of BUSA and looked forward to a fruitful set of future engagements.

The parties have agreed to set up a high level task team of four – a- side to structure priorities for future engagements.

 

 

 

SOURCE : Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)


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