Mr Lionel October was appointed Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry from 21 April 2011.
Lionel October was appointed the Acting Director-General (DG) of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in South Africa on 01 January 2011.
Prior to his appointment as DG, he served as the Deputy
Director-General (DDG) responsible for the enterprise and economic development portfolio, and served as an Economic and Trade diplomat at the South African Embassy in Brussels from 2007 to 2011.
He was instrumental in key trade negotiations with the European Union.
Under his leadership as the DDG, the dti has spearheaded key industrial
and enterprise development policies such as the National Industrial Policy Framework
and Action Plan, and the development and implementation of Broad-Based Black Economic
Empowerment legislation, to name a few.
Director-General of the Department of Trade
and Industry of the Republic of South Africa.
University of London, Masters degree in Economics
University of the Western Cape, Legal Degree
As an experienced Economist, he held various senior positions
related to trade unions, including being appointed as the General
Secretary of the South African Clothing and Textile Union.
He previously served on boards of a number of public
policy bodies and government agencies, such as the IDC
and the COEGA Development Corporation.