Gearing for growth

Deloitte is proud to announce the launch of our Gearing for Growth series – proposing best practice ideas and insights to support renewed growth of the South African economy.

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It is essential that we grow our economy in South Africa. Sluggish rates of economic growth are unacceptably low and far below the global average, forecast at 3.9% in 2018.

There are now political tailwinds for improved GDP growth but the imperative for structural reform remains.

But what needs to be done practically to kick-start economic growth? Growth is ultimately the enabler of business, development and social upliftment.

Deloitte Africa will be hosting the Gearing for Growth series of quarterly seminars to bring together the stakeholders that will seek to drive renewed growth in the South African economy.

The first seminar will address the following headline theme:

·         How countries recover from crisis – Considering the case studies on 15th March 2018

Gearing for Growth Series

Event Details



Thursday, 15th March, 2018


Registration 08h00 – 08h30

Event 08h30 – 12h30

Lunch 12h30 – 14h00


Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, 1 Alma Road, Wendywood – Sandton, Johannesburg


Jax Norval

Tel: +27 (0)11 209 8258



Dr Yuwa Hedrick-Wong (Canada)

Chief Economist and Chair of the Academic Advisory Council at Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth; Global Economic Advisor, Mastercard Inc.

Dr Hedrick-Wong is currently Chief Economist and Chair of the Academic Advisory Council at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth; and Global Economic Advisor, Mastercard Inc. With 25 years’ experience working in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle-East and North Africa, he has a unique understanding of globalization and economic development. Dr Hedrick-Wong also evaluates business opportunities in emerging markets, as well as how the benefits of globalisation can be shared more equitably by both the poor and marginalised in developing countries, including the less skilled and vulnerable in developed countries.

Manu Bhaskaran (Singapore)

Director of Centennial Group; Chief Executive, Centennial Asia Advisors

Manu Bhaskaran is a leading expert in macro-economic trends and policies, economic development policy in developing Asian economies and Asian political risk assessments. With previous experience working with the Government of Singapore and as Chief Economist for Asia of Société Générale Investment Bank, Mr Bhaskaran now serves as Director of Centennial Group International and is the Founding Director and Chief Executive Officer of Centennial Asia Advisors.


Dr Martyn Davies

Managing Director: Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte Africa

Martyn Davies leads the Africa firm’s Africa, China and Japan Services Group. Over his career, he has been an advisor to a large array of multinational firms on their market entry & engagement strategies in Africa. He has previously been ranked the # 1 analyst in South Africa in the “Other African Economies & Markets” category as awarded by the Financial Mail. He is a Senior Fellow at the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth. Martyn is a member of MasterCard’s MENA & Africa Knowledge Fora providing strategic advice to the management of MasterCard in the Middle East & African regions. He has previously been on the faculty at Stellenbosch University and the University of Pretoria. He is a Visiting Professor at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain.