The South African National Treasury will next week launch a Public Economics Winter School which will bring together top performing postgraduate economics students from various universities with local and international experts.

The winter school, which is a first for South Africa, will be a platform for postgraduate students and experts to engage on current South African public economics thinking and practice.

Three parallel themes on tax policy, industrial economic competitiveness and health reform and social security policy will come under the spotlight during the discussions which begin on Monday.

“International and South African academics, specialists from the National Treasury and other government departments will give inputs and lead discussions,” the Treasury said in a statement here Tuesday.

The engagement session will also host young economists from national and provincial treasuries, the South African Revenue Service, the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Social Development, among others.

The public is welcome to attend the opening and closing sessions of the dialogues, which will be held at the University of Pretoria. The winter school will close on Friday, July 15, with Judge Dennis Davis chairing a discussion between students, the theme co-ordinators and senior officials from the National Treasury.

The initiative is the inaugural event of the new Public Economics Capacity Building Initiative, managed by the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) on behalf of the National Treasury.

From next year, the Public Economics Capacity Building Initiative will include bursaries, internships, as well as the annual winter school.

Source: Nam News Network