GSB&L Academic Presents at East3Route Investment Seminar
Graduate School of Business and Leadership Studies (GSB&L) academic, Dr Jennifer Houghton and her Masters student Mr Thabang Mofokeng represented UKZN at the East3Route Investment Seminar, a multi-country economic development initiative including South Africa (KZN), Mozambique, Swaziland, and Seychelles.
The seminar, was hosted by the Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) at MahéIsland, Seychelles saw government, business and media representatives from across all the participant countries gather to discuss developments in investment and trade.
Proceedings included business to business meetings to foster potential international trade relations amongst emergent and established business, the negotiation of new trade agreements between the participant countries, exposure of the vibrant tourism industry of Seychelles to the tourism related businesses from the other partner countries.
Houghton presented an overview of the four country comparative economic report developed for the partnership, to which she had contributed in an oversight role at a one day seminar focussed on engaging critically with the development contexts through which the partner countries could improve their economic growth rates.
‘It was a tremendous privilege to work in such beautiful surroundings and to be able to actively participate in the partnership-based negotiations for economic development that researchers often only view from the outside,’ she said.
For Mofokeng whose research titled: “To Investigate Ways in which Regional Trade Agreements Fosters Trade and Investment within Neighbouring countries: A Case Study of the East3Route,” the experience provided him with new insights.
‘The experience brought a new dimension of the East3Route and its key focal areas of blue economies and how we can maximise the ports and utilising our airports as well for logistical trade. This new information is very valuable for my research,’ he said.