Gauteng is set to benefit from key energy and health projects following the signing of a pact to advance economic development between the province’s Office of the Premier and GE.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), GE and the Office of the Premier will work together to identify critical areas for collaboration and leverage on the vast economic opportunities within the Gauteng Province.

“We are delighted to be going into a partnership with a world-renowned company such as GE which not only supports our vision of turning Gauteng into a globally competitive City Region, but will also help us create an inclusive economy that will see the youth of Gauteng become active agents in the economy,” said Gauteng Premier David Makhura, who was speaking at the signing ceremony.

The collaboration will also see GE support the Premier’s Office’s “Tshepo 1 Million” programme, an employment creation and entrepreneurship development programme aimed at training, skilling and mentoring young people through empowering projects.

“Our social responsibility platform aims to empower people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology and elevating innovative ideas that are helping solve Africa’s challenges,” said President and CEO at GE Africa, Jay Ireland.

“This collaboration reinforces our commitment to support South Africa’s socio-economic growth through innovative and localised solutions,” continued Ireland.

GE has a strong commitment to contribute to South Africa’s sustainable development especially in skills and small medium enterprise development.

In 2016, GE opened its first Africa Innovation Centre, a centre of excellence for innovation and technology on the continent in Johannesburg. The centre features a “Healthcare Experience Centre”, which showcases various healthcare technologies across hospital care areas, from the emergency room and theatre to cardiology, oncology and infant care.

GE has also partnered with several African governments including Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana to develop infrastructure projects, including sustainable energy solutions, providing efficient and reliable transportation as well as improving access to quality healthcare.

These MoUs involve significant investments in creating jobs and human capital development.

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