The secret of China’s success – innovation and entrepreneurship

Dr Martyn Davies, Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte
21 June 2017
11h00 – 11h30 (sandwiches, tea & coffee will be available)
11h30 – 13h30 Presentation & discussion
FMF, Block 5 Bryanston Gate, 170 Curzon Road, Bryanston (Off Main Road opposite the Sandton Medi-Clinic)


Dr Martyn Davies* will answer Leon Louw’s questions on what makes Chinese SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES (SEZs) special and why, if South Africa is serious about RADICAL ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION, it should learn from China 

Is China a special case or an exemplar of which policies coincide with which outcomes?

China has the world’s most interesting and potentially most instructive economy. China’s freest province is nearly as free as the world’s freest economy, Hong Kong, and its least free province is less free than the world’s least free indexed country, Myanmar. In other words, China has a bigger range of economic systems internally than the world has internationally.

China’s growth is consistent with and predicted by its economic freedom score.

Radical Economic Transformation

FMF defines Radical Economic Transformation as being less of the same and more of policies that result in transformation. FMF has prepared a series of media releases (see below) on policy reforms that will result in that elusive inclusive growth.

Media releases on Radical Economic Transformation

ANC Conference must adopt real radical economic transformation – not more of the same paternal statism

ANC Conference must reject ICT White Paper and Hate Speech Bill for South Africa to drop Apartheidesque communications policy

Radical economic transformation means South Africans keep and control their own money

For radical economic transformation in energy, adopt the 1998 White Paper

Yes – introduce radical economic transformation in labour policy and help 9 million unemployed

“Amandla! Awethu!” means power to the people, not government – it’s time to decentralise!

23 years post-apartheid, South Africa needs to be radical about land reform

Education needs radical transformation. Don’t leave our children in the apartheid era


Dr Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte. He also leads the Africa firm’s China and Japan Services Group and is a member of the Global Firm’s Insight Advisory Group. Martyn was selected in 2010 as a Young Global Leader, an honour bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognise the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world and has served in various advisory capacities at the WEF. Martyn has previously been ranked the # 1 analyst in South Africa in the “Other African Economies & Markets” category as awarded by the Financial Mail in its Annual Analysts of the Year awards.

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Entrance: Free

Media enquiries

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