11th Annual PSEF Conference: Call for Papers ADDRESSING THE KEY ECONOMIC CHALLENGES FROM 2019-2030

1. Background
The National Development Plan (NDP), through a cogent diagnostics, identifies targeted policy areas which need to be addressed between 2014 and 2030. The NDP1 highlights a capable state as an essential precondition for South Africa’s development and warns that such a state “does not materialize by decree, nor can it be legislated or created from conference resolutions – that it will have to be painstakingly built, brick by brick, institution by institution”. In the draft Public Service Research Strategy2 (PSRS) (2015-2020), the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) recognises that the critical success factors for the implementation of the NDP are largely premised on the continual availability of solid research data for evidence-based decision-making in planning, policy and practice within all the NDP priority areas which impact on improving Public Administration. Public Service research is premised on various policies of government and seeks to evaluate the progress made in this regard as well as identify interventions where barriers exist.
Established in 2009, the Public Sector Economist Forum (PSEF) will be hosting its 11th Annual Conference in November 2019, aligned to and informed by the NDP, its implementation plan and the PSRS. The PSEF aims to be a recognised platform through which public sector economists at subnational government can make sound inputs into economic policy in a coordinated and structured manner. This it seeks to do by acting as a vehicle for the improvement of the capabilities of public sector economists at subnational government and creating avenues for sharing applied research practices, coordinating training and development, and forming partnerships and other support structures.
2. Objectives of the Conference
The objectives of the 11th Annual Conference of the PSEF are as follows:
 To unpack and address the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality;
 To explore ways to improve the business and consumer confidence in South Africa;
 To look at ways to attract foreign direct investment to South Africa;
 To look at ways to promote exports of beneficiated products from South Africa;
 To explore the impact of global and domestic fiscal risks on subnational governments; and
 To explore alternative policy measures to enable subnational governments to better respond to the identified fiscal risks.
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