CABINET APPLUADS TOURISM AS A KEY ECONOMIC SECTOR
Cabinet’s most recent meeting noted the 13% (YOY) increase in tourist arrivals for 2016, saying it is testament to the close collaboration between government, organized labour and business.
Cabinet also calls on all tourism industry partners to continue developing and promoting tourism to unlock its full economic benefits for the development of communities, jobs and infrastructure. Members also welcomed the additional allocation of R494m to tourism promotion mentioned in the National Budget Speech in February.
Other highlights from the Cabinet meeting include:
- The National Environmental Management Laws Amendment Bill for 2016 will be submitted to Parliament. The Bill will strengthen integrated environmental management, biodiversity/conservation, air quality management and integrated coastal management;
- RSA will host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress between 13 – 16 March (in Jhb). 4000 thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policy makers from 150 countries will attend, aiming to advance entrepreneurship as a means to build economies;
- RSA to host World Water Day on 22 March 2017, under the theme “Waste Water the untapped resource”. President Zuma will open the event by launching the World Water Development Report for 2017;
- President Zuma will lead a government delegation to the SADC Extraordinary Summit in Swaziland on 18 March 2017. The Summit will further cement RSAs foreign policy to achieve development and integration within the SADC region.