Itumeleng Rantao is a senior economist at the South African National Treasury. He has been with the South African Treasury for almost a decade and his responsibilities include managing South Africa’s engagement with the Southern African Customs Union (SACU). He also manages the Treasury’s relationship with the SACU Secretariat, as well as all the other SACU member states’ Treasuries. Itumeleng frequently represents South Africa at Senior technical officials’ meetings in the region. He has been representing his country at the G20 international meetings since 2013 and coordinates South Africa’s engagement.
Prior to joining the South African Treasury, Itumeleng worked as a researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). During his time at SAIIA, he contributed to several articles including: BRICS FDI: A preliminary view published by SAIIA; Ethiopia: Underestimated Regional Power published by The Thinker Magazine; as well as South Africa’s 'exceptional unemployment': is tax the silver bullet? Published by the Mail and Guardian.
He holds a Master of Economics degree, specializing in international trade and development. He has also completed several short certificates including a Certificate in Financial Market Analysis and Global Leadership.
His experience in the field of economic diplomacy has endowed him with skills to evaluate and estimate how multilateralism can shape domestic economic policy in ways that could be inimical to pursuing sustainable inclusive growth.