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CABINET STATEMENT: SA RANKED TOP FOR BUSINESS EVENTS IN MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA

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CABINET STATEMENT: SA RANKED TOP FOR BUSINESS EVENTS IN MIDDLE EAST – AFRICA
In its latest meeting on 07 June 2017, Cabinet hailed the 2017 report from the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) which ranks South Africa as the top business events destination in Africa and the Middle East. Members also said they would like to see more of South Africa’s smaller towns and cities bidding for meetings and events. This will help to improve the geographic distribution of tourism beyond the major centres and spread the wealth generated by meetings and events.

Other key points discussed at the Cabinet meeting include:

  • All young people encouraged to participate in Youth Day (16 June) activities and to make use of all the support and resources that government has made available to improve their prospects and advance their participation in the economy.
  • Cabinet was briefed by the Minister of Finance on the latest GDP figures, which contracted by 0.7% in Q1 2017. Cabinet calls on business, labour and broader society to partner with government to intensify efforts to arrest economic decline and set a higher growth trajectory
  • Cabinet noted the Stats SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey for Q1 2017, which reflects the lowest unemployment rate since 2003. Cabinet reaffirmed its commitment to continue partnering with private sector and labour in its attempts to address unemployment.
  • Cabinet noted the Cape Storms and Knysna Fires and have sent condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives and property during the disasters. Cabinet also calls on the public in the areas to adhere to safety measures announced by the Cape Town Disaster Risk Management Centre.

Click here to view the full meeting statement of 07 June.

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