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Ebrahim Patel

Minister of Economic Development, Ministry of Economic Development of South Africa

Formerly: led organized labour negotiations on policy in South Africa; involved in drafting accords on economic policy matters & in textile industry in the organization of labour & dealing with social, trade & industrial matters; over 10 years as Member, Governing Body, International Labour Organization, led global negotiations on policy and standard-setting on human resources development, cooperatives, employment relationship, globalization and social justice and global employment agenda; involved with South Africa team at WTO Ministerial Meetings. Since 2009, Minister of Economic Development; portfolio includes responsibility for several development finance institutions, including Industrial Development Corporation and two small business funding agencies; heads competition and trade policy regulators; department played a lead role in the formulation of government's New Growth Path, which places the greening of the economy as a key opportunity.