Business leader Sipho Pityana, left, President Cyril Ramaphosa, second left, Bheki Ntshalintshali, second right, and Thulani Tshefutha, right, at the signing of the continuance job summit agreement at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand in 2018. Ramaphosa has commended social partners for the progress in implementing the commitments made at the Presidential Jobs Summit in October 2018. Picture: Bhekikhaya Mabaso African News Agency (ANA)

PORT ELIZABETH - President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended social partners for the progress in implementing the commitments made at the Presidential Jobs Summit in October 2018, the Presidency said in a statement on Monday. 

The president’s remarks come after a meeting of the Presidential Working Committee on the Jobs Summit on Monday. 

The Presidential Working Committee on the Jobs Summit, composed of leaders of government, labour, business and the community constituency, meets on the first Monday of every month and to track progress and expedite implementation of the commitments to create jobs and stem job losses in the country.

The Presidential Working Committee considered recent progress on measures to reduce the cost and improve the ease of doing business. 

This includes the publication by ICASA last week of the Information Memorandum on the release of spectrum. It further received updates on the e-visa portal to be launched as a pilot in Kenya later this month. 

The portal will make the application of both tourist and work visas easier and cheaper. 

The president has also welcomed the pilot of an online company registration system that enables users to register a company and apply for and obtain  a tax number, VAT number, B-B-BBEE certificate, unemployment insurance and the skills development levy, among others, in one place. 

Through this online portal, government aims to significantly reduce the time it takes to set up a company.

The Presidential Working Committee also received presentations on removing the regulatory inhibitors in the pharmaceutical industry, the review of the classification of critical skills, and expanding short-term training opportunities for young people in high growth sectors such as business processing services. 

The committee also considered areas of concern to social partners, such as the operation of the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme, which is one of the mechanisms to respond to possible retrenchments. The committee agreed to attend to these problems as a matter of priority.

The president has expressed satisfaction with the progress made to date saying that the Presidential Working Committee is beginning to yield significant results. 

He has further commended the determination and commitment of all social partners to accelerating the implementation of the identified reforms.  

African News Agency (ANA)