Interview: Andrew Boraine, CEO of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership
In a conversation with Cape Business News, Andrew Boraine, CEO of the Western Cape Economic Development Partnership (EDP) unpacked some of the problems slowing down economic development in the region, steps that need to be taken to fast-track this growth and the projects started by the EDP to start overcoming these challenges.
For 15 years, Boraine has been working with government and different partners to develop a more “whole of society” approach to economic growth.
“Government, both national and provincial, need partners to do its job properly,” says Boraine
The Western Cape Economic Development Partnership is an intermediary organization, it is not government, its not a private sector lobby group, its not a university think-tank or an NGO, it is somewhere in the middle of those organisations.
It is a platform to help people collaborate on matters of economic development, including:
The aim is to improve the performance of the economic delivery system.
“There is still a huge amount of work to be done,” acknowledges Boraine.
“From a situation of a lack of cooperation from the big institutions in the innovation space, we now have everyone working together. That is a step forward.”
“People tell a whole lot of stories about Cape Town and the Western Cape that are not necessarily in sync. Other cities and regions put together a brand family that tells a while lot of different stories, but around the same narrative.”
“We’ve done that with this “Regional Communicators Forum” and managed to orchestrate that brand partnership and we have between 40 and 60 communicators from the mayor’s office, the premier’s office, Wesgro, Century City, the Waterfront, the universities, etc. copoperating and working together.”
Boraine concludes that the work of the EDP is “quite practical.”
“It’s not big budget solutions, we don’t have that kind of money. If you add commitment to collaboration to everyone’s mandate [do your job well, and do it in collaboration with other institutions] and we’ll add a lot of value to the economy.”
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