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ACDP says special economic zone programme falls far for short of its intended purpose

# The ACDP has noted that the Special Economic Zone Programme, as part of the Reimagined Industrial Strategy, was purposed to stimulate local and foreign direct investment. But worryingly, it is falling far short of its intended purpose, as acknowledged with the admission that the manufacturing base is in decline. The ACDP’s Wayne Thring is calling on the minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, to engage with the relevant ministries for the development of a government-led vocational training strategy to ensure the supply of sector-specific skills that will drive industrialisation.