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Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber hosted a "Meet and Greet" with a visiting delegation from Brazil. A group of business and tourism industry leaders were invited to interact with the delegation, led by
Every few months, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber welcomes delegations from all over the world. In August, the Business Chamber was fortunate enough to open its doors to a delegation from Brazil. The delegation, along with business and tourism industry leaders, were led by
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber hosted delegates from the Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC) and Bay businesses in a bid to highlight opportunities, explore areas of collaboration, strengthen trading partnerships and showcase the Metro as an attractive investment destination.
Business Chamber members and delegates had an opportunity to engage the Indonesian delegates led by Pontas Tobing, Director of ITPC, through an information exchange and dialogue session hosted at the Business Chamber offices.
“The outcome of the meeting was productive and fruitful. The delegation indicated that a major Indonesian company in the food industry had expressed interest in setting up a manufacturing plant in South Africa. We will
Tobing’s presentation indicated that Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world with a population of 250 million. It also is the 16th largest economy in the world.
South Africa’s major exports to Indonesia include chemical wood pulp (US$114m), gold (US$29m), ferrous waste and scrap (US$14m), copper (US$13m) and pears (US$11m).
“However, a big concern expressed was that sometimes it is very difficult to invest in South Africa than it is in other African countries. This is because the process of setting up an operation by a foreign company is stringent. In particular, the delegation noted that turn-around times are slow and that our country’s Visa requirements are not as conducive as in other countries,” she said.
Mona also said “Trade between Indonesia and South Africa has potential to grow. We need to engage authorities to reduce the barriers restricting FDI inflows into the country and our city.”
“Indonesia can be a significant export market for products and services from Nelson Mandela Bay, and we must explore avenues that create export market access for Business Chamber
Tobing said Indonesia has a 30-day “No Visa” requirement for more than 170 countries. This also accounts for the good performance of the Indonesian tourism sector. It would be good if South Africa could consider similar policies. In addition, it only takes two hours for an investor to set up shop in Indonesia.
In 2017, South Africa and Indonesia signed the Plan of Action 2017-2021 for the implementation of the Joint Declaration on a Strategic Partnership for a Peaceful and Prosperous Future between the Government of Indonesia and the Government of South Africa.
“As a result of the visit, we will now see a grassroots business-to-business outreach, and we believe the Bay is an important and attractive investment destination. Equally, we were keen to learn what activities, investment avenues and export opportunities are possibly on the horizon for businesses in the Metro,” Mona said.
Alan Millard, Marketing Manager of SA Canvas said the meeting was very informative.
“It is very interesting to understand the Indonesian industry and their business hub and interests.
“There is an interest in our outdoor leisure market product from the Indonesian Trade Commission who will contact other businesses in the same industry and put them in contact with us,”
“I believe the meeting held at the Business Chamber today was beneficial. We often work in isolation without knowledge of international requirements and I believe these types of meetings and delegations are beneficial to growing the Port Elizabeth market and addressing the unemployment and I feel that it is certainly very valuable,” Millard said.
The Business Chamber will be getting in direct contact with the Indonesian Business Chamber to explore further business opportunities. This would ensure that the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber member businesses are exposed and participate during the planned business delegations.
Business Chamber members are not always aware of the opportunities open to them through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the various incentives available to approved, registered, tax compliant and
With this in mind, we have compiled a list of upcoming Outward Selling Missions for your convenience.
Please note the closing dates for application to the DTI are usually three months in advance of outward missions. Apply to the DTI well before their application deadlines.
We have also compiled a list of fun facts about each destination to whet your appetite about expanding to markets outside of your current footprint.
The Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) invites companies to apply to participate in an Outward Selling Mission (OSM) to Malmö, Sweden to promote exports of natural and organic products. The dates are 12 to 16 November 2018 (excluding travel dates).
This Outward Selling Mission forms part of the DTI’s objective to create market access for South African products in markets with high export potential. South African exporters of natural and organically certified ingredients, processed foods and drinks and cosmetic products are invited to apply.
The South African business delegation will have the opportunity to promote their products at the Natural Products Scandinavia Show. The deadline date for the submission of complete EMIA OSM application forms is 31 July 2018.
Please contact Nnono Kekane Assistant Director: Group Missions on Tel (012) 394 5970, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dumisani Nyalunga, Deputy Director: Export Promotion (Europe) on Tel (012) 394 34 91, E-mail: email@example.com.
This national pavilion for the fresh fruit and
It seems that Berliners aren’t very settled people. It could be that they are constantly on the search for the next ‘in’ Kiez (neighbourhood). Well, that is one theory. Whatever the reason, every hour 18 people move from one district of the city to another, making the Robben & Wientjes removal vans as integral to the city's fabric as the Fernsehturm.
This television tower in central Berlin, Germany was intended at the time of being built (in the late
Set to take place from 17 to 21 February 2019, in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX)) 2019 attracts the Aerospace, Rail and Marine sector, including international decision-makers from within the defence industry, alongside key representatives from governments, armed forces and key military personnel. IDEX 2019 positions companies to be among the top leaders in defence technologies and solutions.
The closing date for application is 17 September 2018. Contact Tshepiso Malunga at the DTI. For details, www.
“Abu Dhabi produces 2.5 million barrels of oil each day”-
Set to take place from 16 to 22 February 2019, in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Gulfood 2019 is for the Agro- Processing (except alcoholic beverages) sector.
The closing date for application is 17 September 2018. Contact Virginia Mbuyisa at the DTI. For details, www. gulfood.com
“Located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf with a population of 2,3 million residents (at the end of 2014), Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).”
Taking place from 7 to 10 March 2019 in Chiba, Japan this trade pavilion is for the Agro-Processing sector. Described as "Asia's largest food and beverage special exhibition this year saw more than 3,000 companies from in and outside the country exhibiting. About 85 000 visitors attend the fair.
The closing date for applications is 8 October 2018. Contact Mayanda Gawula at the DTI. For details, www. 3jm.or.jp
“21% of the Japanese population is elderly, the highest proportion in the world. Japan has more than 50,000 people who are over 100 years old”. Very senior citizens!
Cosmoprof takes place from 15 to 18 March 2019 in Bologna, Italy. Cosmoprof’s exhibition space is dedicated to various sectors of the beauty industry
The closing date for applications is 15 October 2018. Contact Tshepiso Malunga at the DTI. For details, www. cosmoprof.com
“Another nickname of the city is "Bologna la
The closing date for applications is 19 October 2018. Contact Tshepiso Malunga at the DTI. For details, www. midest.com
“The Eiffel Tower was supposed to be a temporary installation, intended to stand for 20 years after being built for the 1889 World Fair. Paris was originally a Roman City called ‘Lutetia’.”
A group of 15 Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber (
It is the first time the Business Chamber, through its SME Task Team, and the local office of the Department of Trade and Industry (
“As a developed and industrialised country, Germany has a significant footprint in South Africa and Nelson Mandela Bay in particular,” says Prince Matonsi, Operations Manager, Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. “We believe that there are existing synergies that emerging SMEs can benefit from.
“The aim is to create a platform for
The Business Chamber has the project lead role; recruiting, selecting eligible companies and supporting the SMMEs on their needs on the Mission.
The process kicked off with a
Participating enterprises must:
“The region holds significant potential to drive and diversify economic growth in the Province, leading to sustainable job creation opportunities,” he adds.
“The mission will create the platform for economic co-operation linkages between business in Nelson Mandela Bay and targeted enterprises in Germany. This is phase one of future collaborations between the
The enthusiasm of potential delegates is tangible as seen from their motivation for their application. The