22 February 2011
Global multi-disciplinary consultancy, WYG, has won a €1.5m contract in South Africa to facilitate an SA-EU policy dialogue programme.
The 26 month, EU funded programme aims to help create a broader and deeper level of cooperation between the European Union and the Republic of South Africa in the policy areas of mutual interest. These include technology, climate change, employment, migration, education, culture, health, trade and customs, energy, combating crime and sport and recreation.
Keith Cook, WYG’s International Director who is leading on the project, said: “WYG already has a strong international presence in South Africa and continues to grow its overseas revenue. We always aim to work in a seamless and “boundary-less” manner on a global platform across all our operations to meet the needs and ambitions of our clients.”
This programme represents an opportunity to support the strengthening of relations between the EU and South Africa and a fund is available to bring together the EU and South African governmental organisations to discuss policy issues of mutual interest and benefit.
Keith continued: “This programme is the first of many which will be established between the EU and African states over the coming years to improve policy development, dialogue and implementation. WYG is in a very strong position to support future projects in Africa in particular, with the South African public sector.”
Working out of an office in Pretoria, the team will be bringing together various senior EU officials and South African ministers to help improve dialogue and enhance longer term political relationships and cooperation.
On behalf of the Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) Secretariat WYG is also undertaking, as part of a consortium, research aimed at raising the awareness of CABRI member countries on the incentives, institutional elements and financing of regional public goods. As well as this, the consultancy is providing advice to the South African National Treasury to ensure that women and gender issues are integrated into their policies, procedures, practice, programmes and projects.