"The discussion has shown that there are many key areas relating to the role of the state and growth where there is broad agreement and a strong commitment to take action and find solutions. Almost all the participants agreed that: Levels of poverty and inequality are far too high,and something must be done to both increase prosperity and share it more equitably. There is a clear need for a strong, smart state. The skills shortage is affecting the state’s performance as well as the economy’s ability to compete on a world stage. The developmental state cannot achieve its goals unless it establishes an effective partnership with business. Creating more jobs for South Africa’s poor is a far more desirable strategy than increasing people’s dependence on welfare."