There are very few institutions of learning that teach Economic Empowerment & Transformation as a qualification, and yet this is one of the key components of the South African economic & political environment. Any business strategy that does not start by unpacking these two phenomena is ignorant of the realities of the South Africa of today, and it is likely to miss the opportunities that are associated with this country. The forum is created for the practitioners and academics to get together and unpack the issues. We will encourage the participants to bring case studies to the round tables, discuss and present them to the plenary for further deliberations. The only constant in today’s business is transformation and change. The economic empowerment of the neglected sectors of the South African society is imperative for all the companies that are committed to the growth of our country.
Since the introduction of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) legislation, the growth of the consultancy sector in Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) has been phenomenal. As much as the consultants have a right to operate independently, we felt a need to create a network for them to interact with each other. The reason is that Black Economic Empowerment is a national Economic Transformation Imperative and somehow we need to encourage and foster alignment in the thinking. This network will be a sought after for benchmarking and collaboration. It also serves as a source for BEE associates and specialists to collaborate. The consultants will also have the opportunity to network with their potential and current clients. The issues of ethics and compliance will also be discussed and resolutions taken on how to conduct ourselves as BEE consultants.