National Treasury to host economics winter school

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Pretoria - National Treasury will next week launch a Public Economics Winter School that will bring together top performing postgraduate economics students from various universities with local and international experts.

The winter school, which is a first for South Africa, will be a platform for postgrad students and experts to engagement on current South African public economics thinking and practice.

Three parallel themes - tax policy, industrial economic competitiveness and health reform and social security policy – will come under the spotlight during talks which start on Monday.

“International and South African academics, specialists from National Treasury and other government departments will give inputs and lead discussions,” Treasury said on Tuesday.

The engagement session will also host young economists from national and provincial treasuries, South African Revenue Service, Department of Trade and Industry, and Social Development, among others.

The public is welcome to attend the opening and closing days of the dialogues, which will be held at the University of Pretoria.

The winter school will close on Friday, 15 July, with Judge Dennis Davis chairing a discussion between students, the theme coordinators and senior officials from National Treasury.

The initiative is the inaugural event of the new Public Economics Capacity Building Initiative, managed by the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) on behalf of National Treasury.

From next year, the Public Economics Capacity Building Initiative will include bursaries, internships, as well as the annual winter school. – SAnews.gov.za

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