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South Africa: Public Sector - Moving Towards a Globally Integrated and Productivity Driven Future
Source: ttp://www.digitaljournal.com/
Source Date: Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 01, 2013

Key African countries, like Algeria, Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa and Mauritius are making steady strides through the design and implementation of national growth strategies, and responsive governance. "Through continuous emphasis placed on improved market and business sophistication, Mauritius is on its way to becoming one of the top ten most business friendly locations in the world; while Ethiopia achieved its status as the 12th fastest growing economy globally in 2012 and could reach middle-income status by 2015, if it sustains its historic growth rate. This was achieved through its intense public investment rate - which is the third highest in the world - estimated at 25% of GDP in 2012," states Adri Grobler, Head of the Public Sector Division at Frost & Sullivan.
South Africa, which was ranked 52nd for global competitiveness aims for further improvement in this regard through economic diversification driven by targeted policy support and industrial financing. The Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP), for example, aims to systematically support sectors in distress (cluster 1, e.g. clothing and textiles), develop qualitative new areas of focus (cluster 2, e.g. oil and gas services) as well as sectors that could become areas of competitive advantage in the longer term (e.g. advanced manufacturing).
Social and institutional development is also fast becoming a priority for governments in Africa. Nigeria aims to strengthen public institutions and promote legitimacy. Algeria is devoting $114 billion; an enormous 40% of the resources made available via its Public Investment Plan 2010-2014, to human development (including health, education, housing, and water and sanitation) and a further 40% ($114 billion) on maintaining the national economic growth, specifically in infrastructure development and the improvement of the public sector.
Grobler concluded that 'with the considerable growth in Africa, the challenge for the public sector will be to maintain strong and sustainable gains in recent development through responsive measures and the implementation of innovative strategies'.
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