Research and Development

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One of the serious obstacles to any efforts promoting economic development in Nelson Mandela Bay has been the absence of credible research, not only in its availability but also its accessibility and ease of use for various stakeholders, including local business.

Although much has been said and written about the competitiveness of the metro, there has never been a sustained structured and collective approach undertaken by the key stakeholders to monitor and enhance the competitiveness of our city as a destination for tourism, trade and investment.

In line with our vision, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber is privileged to lead and serve this research agenda. In fact, one of the key findings of the Business Chamber’s 2017 Business Barometer was that all respondents agreed that the Business Chamber should establish a research unit to meet this need.

The task of the Research and Development Unit is a clear one: to provide first-class research and business intelligence to underpin and inform the City’s investment, trade and tourism promoting functions.

We will be leveraging and enhancing our existing partnerships across big and small business, academia and government, to ensure that the research produced, provided and co-ordinated by the unit will enable an effective approach to trade, tourism and investment, and provide a base of business intelligence and insight for the development of essential clusters, as well as for our member companies to make well-informed decisions.

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