Date: 19 February 2021

EDSE Programme Stakeholder Engagement Workshop

The EDSE Programme convened its annual Stakeholder Engagement Workshop on Friday, 19th February 2021. The goals of the workshop were to:

  • Reflect on changes to the SMME policy landscape, following the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Consider changes to the direction of the EDSE Programme until its closure in late 2022
  • Discuss critical inputs, policies and interventions that will contribute to the development of a robust SMME ecosystem.

The keynote speakers were:

  • Ms Trudi Makhaya (Economic Advisor to President Cyril Ramaphosa)
  • Mr Lindokuhle Mkhumane (Acting Director-General, Department of Small Business Development)
  • Mr Sönke Buschmann (Director, Economic Growth & Green Economy, Palladium International)
  • Prof Mzukisi Qobo (School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand; member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council).

Documentation from the stakeholder workshop:

  1. Nigel Gwynne-Evans (EDSE Team Leader), Elize Koekemoer (DSBD): Refocussing the EDSE Programme
  2. Vukile Nkabinde (DSBD): The NISED Masterplan in the context of economic reconstruction and recovery
  3. Listen to an audio recording here
  4. Download the set of facilitation questions developed for the open session
  5. Second EDSE Stakeholder Engagement: Summary Report