Government is working hard to promote greater private sector investment in a range of sectors.
This is according to National Treasury as the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday. “Expanded investment by the private sector will improve productive capacity and grow the economy.
“Tackling corruption will discourage rent seeking, lower transaction costs, reduce uncertainty, and prevent the wastage of both public and private resources,” National Treasury said.
It said initiatives were underway to encourage private sector investment.
– Easing the regulatory burden and making it easier to invest. InvestSA has set up a one-stop shop to help investors with the procedures required to start up and run a business;
– Reducing time spent on compliance and paperwork. As a result of increased automation at the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, it now takes less than a day to register a firm. Title deeds are now available within seven days at the Deeds Office. And the Department of Justice has streamlined contract enforcement, introducing court mediation to reduce legal costs;
– Strengthening competition law. Sections of the Competition Amendment Act that came into effect earlier this year makes it a criminal offence for directors or managers of a firm to collude with their competitors to fix prices or collude in tenders. This should reduce prices and increase market access; and
– Enhancing the environment for small business. The Department of Small Business Development is updating legislation to improve support for small businesses. Government has targeted support to small firms, and is encouraging large businesses to contract more work from small companies.
The initiatives come after President Jacob Zuma convened a meeting with CEOs of top companies on 9 February 2016 ahead of his State of the Nation Address earlier this year.
Courtesy of SAnews.gov.za