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Following the historic Paris Climate Agreement, the OECD recently undertook a major study on growth and investment opportunities arising from the transition to a low-emission economy, conducted in the context of the German G20 Presidency in 2017. The study, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) in the context of the German G20 presidency, examines the crucial issue of how governments can pursue the twin goals of driving economic growth, both in the short and long term, while ensuring a climate-resilient future. The results of the study are reflected in the OECD report Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth, which was launched at the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on 23 May. Its key message is that combining strong climate action with fiscal and structural reforms will boost growth in both the short and long term.

South Africa is hosting an OECD Week starting on 24 July, which features a number of high-level events and bilateral meetings between South African leaders and the OECD Secretary General, including the launch of the 2017 Economic Survey of South Africa jointly with the Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba.

In the context of the OECD week in South Africa, a seminar is organised to present and discuss the findings of the flagship report Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth. We are pleased to invite you to join us at the seminar. Please find the programme attached.

The seminar will be attended by decision-makers from the government, academia, industry and the civil society. We aim at an interactive discussion organised around two sessions, focusing on key findings of the report and on the role of investment in low-carbon infrastructure for South Africa’s low-emission development pathway.

Date: 25 July 2017
Time: 15:00-17:00
Venue: Kwame Nkrumah Hall, Robert Sobukwe Building, 263 Nana Sita Street, Pretoria

To register for the seminar, please contact Ms. Negar Fayazi ( ), with Ms. Sarah Finke ( ) on copy, with your name, email address and institutional affiliation. Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you have any questions or require additional information.

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