Infrastructure Dialogues are hosted jointly by the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the South African Cities Network, the National Business Initiative, the Department of Economic Development and Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Department in the Presidency. The Dialogue initiative was launched in 2009 as a partnership between the Business Trust and the Development Bank of Southern Africa. (DBSA).
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is one of several development finance institutions in South and Southern Africa. Its purpose is to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development by funding physical, social and economic infrastructure. DBSA’s goal is to improve the quality of life of the people of the region. For more details see www.dbsa.org.
The National Business Initiative (NBI), is a voluntary group of leading national and multi-national companies, working together towards sustainable growth and development in South Africa through partnerships, practical programmes and policy engagement. This is achieved through evidence based experience and research in key areas and thus effects system change. Since its establishment in 1995, the NBI has been an advocate for the collective role of business in support of a stable democracy, growing economy and healthy natural environment. As one of close to 60 global regional partners to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the NBI provides a platform for business leadership and a vision of how companies can contribute to shaping and achieving a sustainable society. For more details see www.nbi.org.za
In conducting its work, the South African Cities Network (SACN) secretariat is guided by a programme framework that encourages cities to define city development strategies that adopt a long term view on urban challenges. SACN promotes an inter-governmental approach to planning; and a strategic focus on mobilizing city partners. The objective of any city development strategy is to ensure an integrated approach to development and economic growth in SA cities. For more details see www.sacities.net
It will therefore:
- co-ordinate the economic development contributions of government departments, state entities and civil society;
- contribute to efforts that ensure coherence between the economic policies and plans of the state and state entities on the one hand, and the government’s political and economic objectives and mandate on the other; and
- promote government’s ability to achieve its goals of advancing economic development with decent work opportunities.
Strategic objectives defined by South Africa’s Presidency include:
- Coordination, monitoring and communication of government policies and programmes
- Fostering nation building
- Enhancing an integrated approach to governance for accelerated service delivery and supporting and consolidating initiatives for building a better Africa and a better world
- Bringing government closer to the people
- Facilitating a Developmental State through accelerating economic growth; interventions in the second economy, elimination of poverty, and fostering nation buildingIn line with these objectives.
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