Economic discussion paper was not written by Harvard professors – Mboweni

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Academics from South African universities, economists and even farmers contributed to the ideas behind Treasury's economic discussion paper published in August , Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has said, adding it was not authored by Harvard economists.

 The minister, who was answering questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday, was asked by EFF MP Floyd Shivambu if three Harvard professors had contributed to the economic paper. The paper proposed a range of structural reforms to boost SA's struggling economic growth, including a controversial suggestion to selling off coal-fired power stations to raise R450bn.

 The document, titled Economic Transformation, Inclusive Growth and Competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa, attracted differing opinions.

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