Furthering its contribution to research into economic policy making after the Covid-19 shock, ERSA, in conjunction with German Development Co-operation (GIZ) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), is publishing a series of research papers and events addressing the challenges facing several components of the South African economy. Were the policy responses appropriate for the South African context?
In our final event, we discuss two papers which explore how we can use our existing infrastructure and fiscal environment to become more efficient in the short run and work towards a green sustainable economy in the long run. Looking forward requires an honest reflection of the learnings from the past, and a concerted effort to prioritise green energy.
• How dependent is future growth on green industrialization policies?
• Can we shift electricity production from coal to renewables without compromising short term economic growth and employment?
• In the context of the pandemic and increasing climate change, can SA leverage green technology and lead Africa in producing green output?
• Given the tight fiscal position, how can growth be pursued such that policies are less dependent on investment in the short run?
• How can we use the pandemic learnings as an opportunity to leapfrog the South African economy towards a long-term sustainable future and overcome the trajectory we were on prior to the pandemic?
We look forward to seeing you soon.