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17th Ruiterbosch Conference Discusses Global Value Chains, Piketty, FDI, Eskom

Extraordinary Professor Peet Strydom annually hosts a one-day conference and 7 May 2015 saw the 17th Ruiterbosch event held near Mosselbay in the Western Cape (South Africa).

This year the topics of discussion included:

  • Global value chains and the implications that they hold for exports and investment,
  • Piketty’s analysis of inequality – Prof Peet presented a paper with his own modified model and the implications for South Africa,
  • Foreign direct investment in Africa, specifically by SA firms, and
  • The rise and fall of Eskom.

The aim of the conference is to bring together academics, practitioners and policymakers for an off-the-record and no-holds-barred discussion of the issues facing the South African economy.