The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies has said that the government has decided to revitalise industrial parks with the primary objective of creating employment. According the minister “the revitalisation of the state-owned industrial parks across the country will promote industrialisation and increase their contribution to job creation and the country’s economic growth. “
According to Minister Davies, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) identified a need to revitalise industrial parks located in various parts of the country, mainly the former homelands, as part of efforts to promote industrialisation, manufacturing and job creation.
“This was motivated by the recognition that these industrial parks have the capacity to serve as catalysts for broader economic and industrial development in their host regions, mainly townships and rural areas. We would like to see them contributing to economic growth, diversification of economic activity, attracting investments to the areas they are located in, job creation and addressing the problem of inequality,” says Minister Davies.
Dr Davies also said that “The programme will go a long way in accelerating economic development in the lagging regions of the country by attracting investments from businesses that will be inspired to locate in the parks after they have been refurbished. It will also support job creation mainly in the manufacturing sector, assist in the development of the infrastructure and facilitate market access for companies operating from the parks. In this way, the regions will be able to build, strengthen and develop their strategic industrial capabilities,”