South African President Appoints Economic Advisory Council
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed an economic advisory council to smooth policy implementation.
The independent body, chaired by Ramaphosa, brings together economists and technical experts drawn from academia, the private sector, labor and other constituencies, the presidency said Friday in a statement. The members will serve a three-year term and initially meet quarterly. Their appointments are effective Oct. 1.
Members of the council include Benno Ndulu, who served as the governor of the Bank of Tanzania from 2008 until 2018, and Dani Rodrik, professor of international political economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Renosi Mokate, a former deputy governor of the South African central bank, and Thabi Leoka, an independent economist and non-executive director of SA Express Airways Ltd., were also appointed.
Other members are:
- Mamello Matikinca-Ngwenya, chief economist at First National Bank
- Wandile Sihlobo, head of agribusiness research at the Agricultural Business Chamber of South Africa
- Mzukisi Qobo, professor of international business at the University of Witwatersrand
- Mariana Mazzucato, director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London
- Kenneth Creamer, professor of macroeconomics at the University of Witwatersrand
- Alan Hirsch, director of the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice at the University of Cape Town
- Tania Ajam, a public financial management lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch’s School of Public Leadership
- Grové Steyn, an infrastructure and regulatory economist
- Liberty Mncube, former chief economist at South Africa’s Competition Commission
- Fiona Tregenna, a professor in the University of Johannesburg’s Department of Economics and Econometrics
- Haroon Bhorat, director of the University of Cape Town’s Development Policy Research Unit
- Ayabonga Cawe, a development economist
- Vusi Gumede, former chief policy analyst in the presidency’s Policy Coordination and Advisory Service
- Imraan Valodia, dean of the University of Witwatersrand‘s Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
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