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07 Dec 2012 00:00
One of the biggest debates in the months leading up to the 53rd national congress of the ANC in Mangaung has been the question of economic policy.
One of the biggest debates in the months leading up to the 53rd national congress of the ANC in Mangaung has been the question of economic policy. The key preoccupation of the ANC is how to accelerate the fight against poverty, inequality and unemployment.
Underlying this second phase of the transition after the attainment of freedom is the question of the extent of state participation in the economy and how far it should extend, given these imperatives and the apparent market failure to stimulate economic growth to acceptable levels.
At the same time, how do the policies we adopt ensure that we are able to fast-track interventions to make certain that more and more people are able to enjoy the fruits of our freedom?
The debate in the alliance, civil society and business has thrown up key policy options that need to be discussed.
The national development plan will be at the heart of these discussions, but the following are among the issues that need to be articulated by the conference:
When you scan through the highlights of the conference agenda, you will agree that a lot has been processed since the Polokwane conference. Both the political report and the organisational report will underline progress in implementing the Polokwane resolutions so that the Mangaung conference can make its own assessment of how far the organisation has come in implementing a range of resolutions in the economic realm and elsewhere.
The discussions will also look at how the national development plan will be implemented to ensure that the vision of economic transformation becomes a reality. The plan, which has now been adopted by the Cabinet, must go into the phase of implementation.
No matter from what angle you look at it, this conference is a watershed for the movement. Its decisions are an exercise in introspection and decisiveness for the vision to take the ANC into its next century.
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