According to the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) deputy director general of the Department of Trade and Industry Nimrod Zalk said that Africa should take advantage of government's massive infrastructure programme with support from all sectors.
"This is a massive opportunity for the country, we need to seize it with both hands," Zalk added. He was speaking at the Department of Economic Development's 2nd Annual Economic Development Conference: Infrastructure and Development.
The conference discussed government's infrastructure plan for the country as announced by Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address. Earlier this month, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said that government was ready to roll out the infrastructure plan which lists 17 strategic integrated projects that cut across rail, road, schools and hospital construction. The projects cover a range of economic and social infrastructure across all nine provinces with emphasis on poorer regions.
Welcoming the infrastructure plan, Stewart Jennings, the CEO of PG Group said it was up to the private sector and government to make it work, the GCIS reported. Jennings called for the support of localisation, adding that the manufacturing sector was struggling. "Growth and employment is important, we need broad based growth," he said, adding that agriculture, mining and manufacturing are the largest employment creators.
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