Coenraad Bezuidenhout


Improving the competitiveness of South African manufacturing and the role of technology

Coenraad Bezuidenhout
Bezuidenhout is Managing Director: Strategic Communications responsible for public affairs advisory for South Africa and Africa at FTI Consulting, formerly from Manufacturing Circle and Business Unity SA. He advises on public affairs strategies to support companies interested in investing or that have already invested in South Africa or other African markets. Bezuidenhout has 15 years’ worth of experience in public affairs focusing mostly on economic and trade affairs. He has a Master’s degree in political economy and is looking at institutional obstacles to growth in emerging markets for his PhD.

About the talk: South African manufacturing has been battered by numerous domestic policy challenges and tested by numerous global changes in the demand for manufactured goods. Are our manufacturers ready to compete and what is the role of technology in this regard?

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