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ERLN Conference: Economies of Regions: Economic Development at the Sub-National Level 2016

When: Monday 14 November 2016 - Tuesday 15 November 2016
Where: Protea Hotel Fire & Ice, Menlyn, Pretoria

The Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) and the Economies of Regions Learning Network (ERLN), in partnership with the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) and the South African Research Chair in Industrial Development at the University of Johannesburg will be hosting a conference with the theme of Economic Development for Employment: Sub-national Strategies.  

The aim of the conference

The conference aims to contribute to evidence-based policy making and development planning at the sub-national level. Its goal is to bring together research and practices on South African and international experiences and approaches to sub-national development that will contribute to economic development and employment; and to share that knowledge and information amongst policy makers, practitioners and academics.

The context for the conference

South Africa’s cities, metros and surrounding regions face the challenges of low economic growth, poorly functioning spatial economies, persistent socio-economic divides and unemployment, compounded by imbalances in investment potential and opportunity. Racial divisions and underdevelopment in rural areas and small towns with limited economic potential (and often linked to mineral resources), still persist today. In our current fiscally constrained environment, how do we lay the foundations and build the systems that will provide meaningful developmental and employment creation strategies? Fiscally, the option of increasing direct public sector employment has reached its limit. There is a recognition that attention needs to be shifted towards stimulating private sector employment. At the same time as there is an opportunity to realise the benefits of South Africa’s demographic dividend to stimulate economic growth, unemployment levels are high and achieving the right skills mix is a challenge. Within this context, what levers do regions have available to stimulate employment?



Protea Hotel Fire & Ice

213 Thys Street

Menlyn, Pretoria


South Africa


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The Economies of Regions Learning Network (ERLN) is a Community of Practice that focuses on Economic Development at the subnational level. The ERLN team encourages you as leader to utilise the ERLN learning events to expand your network, share knowledge and to contribute your experience. The ERLN uses an adult learning approach and relies on your active engagement. You are in charge of your learning. Utilise the space to learn, reflect and sharpen your practice. You are amongst peers.

Feel free to experiment and test ideas. If you have any queries, ERLN Convenor, Kirsten Pearson, can be contacted at: kirsten@erln.org.za or 082 936 1898.