Business and NGO leaders making presentations on proposed solutions to the country’s unemployment crisis at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) beginning on Thursday have warned that the event is being "stage-managed". The process that underpinned the first jobs summit in two decades was merely repackaging old initiatives and projects, they said. Limitations on the subjects to be explored will make the gathering a "dud". Nedlac’s social partners — the government, business, labour and the community — have held discussions with various stakeholders including leading academics to gather a wide variety of views ahead of the summit.

A business leader who spoke to Business Day on condition of anonymity said he got the sense his presentation was a waste of time as there was already a pre-determined outlook on which direction the parties would go in an attempt to create jobs and stimulate growth. Founding director of policy research organisation the Centre fo...

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