6th annual Eastern Cape Export Symposium set for 2nd half of 2024.

East London – As part of a drive to boost export trade and economic growth, the Eastern Cape Province will host the 6th Eastern Cape Export Symposium in the second half of 2024.

The Eastern Cape is the country’s biggest citrus producer, exports more than half of light vehicles produced in South Africa, has the largest percentage of the country’s livestock, produces more than 15-million kilograms of wool a year and supplies more than half of the world’s mohair, according to symposium convenor, the ECDC.

“The attendance of local, national, regional and international trade representatives provides a unique opportunity for the Eastern Cape to build relationships and showcase its export capability. It also provides the EC export role-players with first-hand information on export opportunities, updates on export support resources and incentives,’’ Wakaba said.

The 6th edition of the annual event hosted by the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) and partners Buffalo City Metro and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, will include an exhibition, conference, workshops, site tours, match-making and networking functions.

The event will attract exporters and the wider export fraternity (cross sectoral mix) as well as policy-makers, including international visitors. Speakers comprise leading trade specialists across sectors, including automotive, agriculture, renewable energy, environmental products and natural fibre, as well as the regional and national policymakers.

Former Trade Forward Southern Africa Director, Rob Moodie, who was one of 26 presenters on the conference program in 2022 lauded the Eastern Cape Province and its business community, “It is marvellous to see the level of cooperation and working together that was demonstrated in this initiative. I haven’t seen this level of collaboration in any other province in South Africa,’’ he said.

Kenya-based Sub-Saharan Chamber of Trade CEO, Claire Dawai described the conference sessions as “mind-blowing”. “It was a great experience to have come to South Africa for the first time for this event. I am passionate about the agenda and forging mutual and long-lasting relationships that we initiated here.’’

EC MEC for DEDEAT Hon. Mlungisi Mvoko said opening trade in new markets was key with AfCFTA being a potential “game changer for Africa’s trade and economic development”. “To this end we need to deepen partnerships with particularly with African trade partners to realise the full potential of the AfCFTA.’’

For more info see: www.ecexportsymposium.co.za