Message from the Desk of the Chairman

Closing Off 2023: Reflecting on Achievements and Looking Towards the Future

Dear Members and Stakeholders,

As we bid farewell to another impactful year, I am honored to share a reflection on the strides we have made as a collective force within the Informal Economy Development Forum. In 2023, our commitment to fostering positive change in the informal and micro-business landscape has yielded significant achievements, and it is with great pride that I look back on what we have accomplished together.

Building Back Better Campaigns: Our “Build Back Better” campaigns have been a cornerstone of our efforts, aimed at empowering and uplifting businesses in the informal economy. Through targeted initiatives and support programs, we have witnessed resilient communities emerge stronger, demonstrating the power of collective action in times of challenge.

Global Partnerships: This year has seen the establishment of key global partnerships that amplify our mission. Collaborating with like-minded organizations and entities has allowed us to broaden our impact and bring about positive change on a larger scale. We are proud to be part of a global network committed to addressing the unique needs of the informal sector.

Extensive Training and Development: Our commitment to education and skill development remains unwavering. Extensive training programs have been implemented to empower individuals within the informal and micro-business sector. These initiatives aim not only to enhance business acumen but also to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship that contributes to sustainable growth.

Future Plans: Looking ahead, we are enthusiastic about the opportunities that the coming year holds. Our strategic vision includes further expansion of our initiatives, reaching more communities, and delving deeper into innovative solutions that address the evolving landscape of the informal economy. Together, we will continue to be architects of positive change.

Festive Season Well Wishes: As we approach the festive season, I extend heartfelt wishes of joy and prosperity to each member of our esteemed community. May this time of celebration be filled with moments of warmth, reflection, and the joy of shared accomplishments. Your dedication to the cause is the driving force behind our success, and for that, I am profoundly grateful.

In closing, let us carry the spirit of unity and resilience into the new year. Together, we will forge a path towards a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

Warm regards,

Mr. David Venter

Chairman

Informal Economy Development Forum