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South Africa: President Zuma to Release Ocean Economy Delivery Plans
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Monday, October 27, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 27, 2014

The other priority areas are marine transport and manufacturing and marine protection services and ocean governance.

“We have constantly lamented that we have good plans but the implementation part is a challenge. We are now focusing intensively on implementation,” President Zuma said.

Operation Phakisa is an adaptation of the Big Fast Results methodology that was successfully applied by the Malaysian Government in the delivery of its Economic and Government Transformation Programmes.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj said South Africa must explore the potential that comes from being bordered by the ocean on the east, south and west.

“This vast ocean space is relatively unexplored in terms of its economic potential. In 2010, the ocean contributed approximately R54 billion to South Africa's gross domestic product and accounted for approximately 316 000 jobs,” Maharaj said.

He said an analysis was conducted of nine sectors that comprise South Africa's ocean economy.

The ocean had a potential to contribute to the Gross Domestic Product up to R177 billion.

“It also has a potential contribution of between 800 000 and one million direct jobs,” he said.

Operation Phakisa was first launched in Durban in July with a segment focusing on unlocking growth and jobs in the country's ocean economy.

Ocean economy teams from government, labour, business and academia are tasked with working on Operation Phakisa.
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