Radebe Appointed To Join WEF Board Members


Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe has been appointed to join the board members of the World Economic Forum (WEF) System Initiative on the Future of Education, Gender and Work.

Radebe, who is the minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation, was invited to join the board, according to a statement on Tuesday.

“I am pleased to be part of a board that seeks to cultivate collective leadership on public-private initiatives with the objective of ensuring that eight billion people worldwide can live up to their full potential by developing and deploying their talent for maximum benefit to the economy and society,” Radebe said in the statement.

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The board is made up of 40 global public and private sector leaders and Jeff Radebe is expected to join the board meeting in Davos on Wednesday to discuss the state of the global economy and how to solve various problems with public-private co-operation.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the South African delegation to the World Economic Forum (WEF) at its annual meeting which brings together world leaders from business, government, international organisations, academia, and civil society to discuss the global economy.

At the meeting, South Africa would once again used the opportunity to market the country as being open for business and partnerships for development in various sessions and interactions with global business.

Other ministers joining Ramaphosa include Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan; Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies; Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel; Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, and KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala.

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It will have over 2 700 leaders in the public and private sectors meet under the theme “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”. South Africa will host the WEF Africa meeting in Durban in May this year, the presidency said.