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eThekwini hosts Special Economic Zones Learning Exchange
eThekwini Deputy Mayor, Cllr.-
Nomvuzo Shabalala at the-
Learning Exchange.
The Municipality’s Economic Development and Growth in eThekwini (EDGE) in partnership with the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE), recently hosted a Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Learning Exchange at the Durban Botanical Gardens Conference centre.

The objectives of this exchange, according to EDGE, were to provide an arena for engagement on spatial economic policy matters amongst researchers, policy developers and practitioners with a view to create links amongst key stakeholders, exchange knowledge and perspectives on various options towards increasing international competitiveness of economic regions. In addition, to gather substantive feedback towards the review of legislation, that guides the spatial economy of cities.

eThekwini Deputy Mayor, Cllr. Nomvuzo Shabalala, officially opened and welcomed the enthused officials to the seminar. Cllr. Shabalala emphasised the pertinent role that economic development practitioners play in the City and the importance of working closely with all the stakeholders in the development of SEZs.

The thought speakers for the day were Professor Ivan Turok the Deputy Executive Director at the HSRC who presented some research findings on the development of SEZs elsewhere in the world, Mr Andrew Layman the CEO of the DCCI who spoke about Business Impressions on SEZs and Mr Maoto Molefane, a Senior Manager of Spatial Planning and Research at DTI who enlightened the officials on the National Experience and Future Plans of SEZs in South Africa at large.

Municipal officials left the seminar well informed about the pros and cons of SEZs.

The Learning Note for this event will be uploaded on the Come Learn Portal soon.

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