Wednesday, March 15
14:00 to 14:50
Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 6 + 7

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In most government policymaking bodies – whether Parliamentary systems or otherwise – policy is made through both new laws crafted by the legislative branch, followed by regulatory work led by Ministries or Directorates and Executive agencies of governments.

In this session, policymakers from both branches of government will share their perspectives on the entrepreneurship priorities ahead, taking into consideration some of the themes emerging from the Global Ministerial at the GEC, and discuss the role of legislators and government agencies in helping smooth the path for those that wish to start and scale new firms.

The session will include perspectives from:

  • Ms. Nozabhelo Ruth Bhengu, Chair of the Parliament Portfolio, Committee on Small Business, South Africa
  • Mr. Toby Chance, Member of Parliament, South Africa
  • Mr. Viljar Lubi, Deputy Secretary General, Economic Development, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications, Estonia
  • Ms. Meredith West, Deputy Staff Director, Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, United States
  • Dr. Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, Secretary General of Treasury, Ministry of Finance, Malaysia 

Facilitated by:

  • Mr. Jason Wiens, Policy Director of the Entrepreneurship Department at the Kauffman Foundation


Jason Wiens
Ewing Marion Kauffman Fundation

United States

Speaker Bios: 
Nozabelo Ruth Bhengu
Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

South Africa

Viljar Lubi
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Estonia


Meredith West
U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship

United States

Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah
Ministry of Finance