OECD Secretary General to visit South Africa on 24-25 July 2017


19/07/2017 - As part of ongoing efforts to deepen longstanding ties between the OECD and South Africa, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría will conduct an official visit to Pretoria on 24-25 July.


Mr Gurría will present the latest OECD Economic Survey of South Africa, with Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, and will  deliver a keynote address during an event organised with the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He will also present recent OECD work on climate change for the G20 at an event hosted by the Institute for Global Dialogue. The Secretary-General will hold bilateral meetings with senior South African government officials, business and labour leaders and representatives of civil society.  Further information on media events follows:


Monday 24 July (Pretoria):


10:00 - 11:00    


Presentation of the Economic Survey of South Africa, with Mr Gurría and Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. The Survey discusses the policies that have underpinned the tremendous social progress made over the past two decades, as well as the structural challenges that must be overcome to ensure stronger, sustainable and more inclusive growth for all South Africans. Special chapters in the Survey cover recommendations for lowering barriers to entrepreneurship and promoting small business growth and deepening regional integration within the Southern African Development Community.


The launch event, which is open to the media, will be followed by a press conference, both taking place at the National Treasury building, 40 Church Square, Pretoria. To register, or for further information, please contact Jabulani Mulambo in the National Treasury Media Office (+27 012 315 6577).


14:30 - 15:00


Mr Gurría will  deliver a keynote address to the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) on the global economic outlook, and challenges and opportunities for South Africa and the region.The speech will be followed by presentation and discussion of the OECD Economic Survey of South Africa. The event, which is open to the media, will take place at: Villa Sterne, 212 Johann Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria.  To register, media should contact: Nicolette Rehbock, Fortunate Xaba or the SAIIA Media Office (+27 (0) 11 339-2021).


Tuesday 25 July (Pretoria):


15:00 - 15:30


Mr Gurría will present recent OECD work on climate change for the G20 during an event organised by the Institute for Global Dialogue. Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth will look at the growth and investment opportunities arising from the transition to a low-emission, climate-resilient economy in South Africa, the region, and worldwide. The event, which is open to the media, will take place at The University of South Africa, Kwame Nkrumah Hall, Robert Sobukwe Building, 263 Nana Sita Street, Pretoria. To register for the seminar, please contact Negar Fayazi, with Sarah Finke on copy, noting your name, email address and institutional affiliation.


Other events are also being organised during the week to showcase the breadth of OECD cooperation with South Africa. Further information is available at:

For further information on OECD events in South Africa, contact media officer Lawrence Speer  (+33 6 0149 6891) or the OECD Media Office in Paris (+33 1 4524 9700).


The Economic Survey of South Africa will be available to journalists on the OECD's password-protected website on 24 July at 10:00 CET/8:00 GMT for immediate release. 


An Overview with the main conclusions of the Economic Survey will be freely accessible at:


Journalists will be allowed advance access to the electronic version of the Survey, by e-mail and under embargo, the day before release.

The Survey will be sent by e-mail on request only. In asking to receive reports under embargo, journalists undertake to respect the OECD’s embargo procedures.

Requests to receive materials or to obtain a password to access the website should be sent by e-mail to


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