Gauteng Province, situated in South Africa kick-started the second Gauteng Infrastructure Investment Conference (GIIC), today 27 July 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.
David Makhura, Gauteng Premier and Ebrahim Patel, South African Minister of Economic Development provided the keynote address to potential investors, fund and investment managers, private equity firms, development funding institutions, banks, town planners, engineers, academics and ICT specialists.
The two-day conference themed, Driving investment for inclusive growth and sustainability, looks at how the Gauteng government and the private sector can invest in the growth of Gauteng, through the facilitation of trade and strategic infrastructure investment.
This year’s infrastructure investment meeting focused on three key business portfolios – trade and investment promotion, strategic economic infrastructure and business enablement.
In addition, the GIIC discussed investment opportunities in the following areas in New Post-Apartheid Cities, Energy, ICT, Broadband connectivity, Aerotropolis, Water and Sanitation and Inner City Regeneration.
The conference is a key step towards strengthening partnerships and collaboration between government and the private sector in the quest to build Gauteng as a globally competitive city region and a preferred destination for investment and tourism.
“The GIIC is a platform that has been created to engage our stakeholders regarding investment and infrastructure initiatives in the Gauteng City Region. The biennial conference is aimed at realising our goal of industrialising the Gauteng City Region; attracting investors into the Gauteng economy whilst at the same time addressing the current economic climate,” explained Makhura.
“We plan to address how, through an aggressive infrastructure-led programme that is directed towards building economic and social infrastructure, together we can lead the economy out of the current economic slump.”