The Department of Trade and Industry will tomorrow visit the Eastern Cape to consult provincial stakeholders and business on the National Export Strategy.
The consultation will be held at Osner Hotel in East London and on Thursday it will be held at Pine Lodge in Port Elizabeth. Both meetings start at 9am.
According to Minister Rob Davies, the stakeholder engagement process is an important initiative aimed at soliciting views, opinions and strategic inputs from the various role-players.
The minister said the workshops would allow provincial government structures to share export plans, programmes and strategies, and should result in a synergised national export approach for the country.
“A national export strategy looks into the competitiveness and development of a country’s export sector and identifies priorities for enhanced export performance,” Davies said.
He said they were mandated to grow the country’s export base by increasing the number of exporters and assisting companies to increase exports of locally manufactured products and services.
“The need to review and develop a streamlined approach to export development and promotion in line with global best practice and the country’s latest economic policy developments such as Industrial Policy Action Plan, New Growth Path, the National Development Plan and the current national export strategy, developed in 2005, must be reviewed and updated in line with these recent policy developments,” the minister said.
Tradepoint SA Nelson Mandela Bay manager David Hamer said there were a lot of opportunities when it came to the export market in the province.
“With the Port of Ngqura and the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) on our doorstep, we have a world-class port, strategically positioned on the Global East West trade route and an IDZ that offers exceptional infrastructure,” Hamer said.