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21st Cometsa PMS Lekgotla Network (Public Event)
Entrepreneurship Development Network (EDN): Economic Empowerment and Transformation in the South African context means growing the participation by previously disadvantaged individual in the main economic sectors of the country. However, the current economic players seem not to see the benefit in allowing new players in. As much as we cannot make people to become entrepreneurs, we believe that the Entrepreneurship Development Network (EDN) can be the facilitator of entrepreneurship development. The enthusiastic potential entrepreneurs and existing entrepreneurs get together to share the challenges and experiences they are making daily as entrepreneurs. The entrepreneurs come together and out of this togetherness many business partnerships, collaborations, and projects are hopefully established. Entrepreneurship knows no borders, and differences. An entrepreneur in one country will always be able to be an entrepreneur in any other country, as long as the environment allows. In fact this network encourages entrepreneurs to develop and expand their markets by trading across the geographic borders. Export markets provide unlimited opportunities than local markets. The existence of such export markets suggests there are imports markets as well, due to international bilateral and multilateral trade agreements between and among countries.
The entrepreneurs never stop developing and growing. The Entrepreneurship Development Network (EDN) is exactly about that. We want the current and aspiring entrepreneurs to come together and debate on what needs to happen to change the status quo. South Africa cannot be globally competitive as long as the bigger part of the population is excluded from the economic activity. This is self-defeating and must be addressed. Business, especially, the private sector must want to address this situation. It is to their benefit. Let us drive entrepreneurship development until we have reached the critical mass that guarantees the country a meaningful position in global entrepreneurship competitiveness. This is more than Black Economic Empowerment. It is about global entrepreneurship competitiveness.
We have always asked the question: When is South Africa going to feature meaningfully in global entrepreneurship week competitiveness? Today, we are glad that the South African Government has taken steps in ensuring that the country participates in the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week in November. We are now part of the global entrepreneurship ecosystem. We are bound to gain immensely from this.
Region: Gauteng Province, South Africa
Date: Saturday, 23rd November 2019
Time: 08h00 - 16h00 (including lunch)