Ten (10) Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) drawn from the Eastern Cape Province recently completed and graduated on the Eastern Cape Exporters Development Programme (EDP) which is aimed at empowering local businesses with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to penetrate the export market.
The programme is driven by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber (NMBBC) in partnership with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and was identified as one of the key pillars of the Eastern Cape Export Strategy. It aims to address the key constraints that companies face before entering the export market.
The programme started when the ECDC entered into an agreement with the NMBBC to pilot the programme on an initial one-year term. The pilot sought to provide a future framework for the development of exporters in the Eastern Cape on a long term basis.
According to the recently released EC Export Strategy, many SMEs face key constraints and several barriers such as intensified international competition, unable to participate in potential buyer outreaches, costs relating to marketing, logistics, transport and export documentation. These barriers prohibit companies to expand and grow their products and services into the