The period 2009-2014 - the fourth term of government, began
against the backdrop of the hard hitting global economic recession, which
quickly undid many of the economic gains of the earlier period. It was,
however, in line with national government’s counter-cyclical fiscal stance, a
five-year period that saw heightened levels of public investment in economic
infrastructure in the province, and greater alignment of the allocative
decisions of national government and state owned entities with provincial
development priorities. In this respect, and in spite of the weak and uncertain
global and national economic outlook, there emerged during this term the
recognition that with the right policy measures and partnerships, the province
could escape its historic and path dependent status as a labour sending
In this period ESECC remained at the forefront of developing
provincial strategies in partnership with government departments e.g.
provincial industrial strategy, jobs strategy, rural development strategy,
co-operative strategy, provincial strategic plan on HIV/Aids and TB, among
others. From 2012 ECSECC supported the Eastern Cape Planning Commission with a
diagnostic study and development of Vision 2030 provincial development plan.
Development facilitation continued through support to municipalities
and provincial government, multi-stakeholder compacting and resource
mobilisation. ECSECC worked consistently with the two metropolitan
municipalities in the province and on long term interventions with some
Over the years ECSECC has built a decent information and knowledge
base and this period saw this maturing with releases of quarterly economic
updates, other regular statistical publications, developing easy to use
statistical products and the socio-economic atlas.
On the organizational front, this
period saw three clean audits and two unqualified audits. ECSECC is well known
and recognized for its leadership stability over the last ten years at Board
and Management level.