The annual meeting of export councils, private sectors and stakeholders with Government to move ahead and grow SA exports was held in Johannesburg Midrand at the end of October 2016. The meeting was opened by the Director General of The Department of Trade and Industry, Lionel October .
South Africa: ‘We need to up our game to provide support to exporters’ – said Director-General, Lionel October
October said exporters needed more support on institutional measures as well as financial to the level of the export bank. He said government was in fact in the process of converting the Export Credit Insurance Council into an Export Import Bank to ensure that exporters and export councils have the necessary resources they require. “Countries do not export, companies do. At best we can play the facilitating role but companies should also play their role. We must close the gap between government and exporters, identify top 100 exporters and work with them to break into markets,” said October. He highlighted the importance of driving transformation and ensuring that companies are compliant with the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) legislation for government to assist them.
Various panel sessions included the following topics over the two day workshop:
- Institutional Arrangement: Government by, Moderator: Ms Pumla Ncapayi -Deputy Director General: TISA, the dti
- Institutional Arrangements: Private Enterprises by Moderator: Dr Martyn Davies, Managing Director-Emerging Markets, Deloitte
- Africa as an Export Market by Moderator: Mrs Nerisha Jairaj, South African Footwear and Leather Export Council