Trade mis­sions to Ghana, Nige­ria a suc­cess

Vuk'uzenzele - - Gryeonluaetrihaonlfsoc/ Uafsrica -

South African com­pa­nies that formed part of the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try’s (dti) Out­ward Trade and In­vest­ment Mis­sion (OTIM) to Ghana and Nige­ria have hailed the trade mis­sion a suc­cess.

The two na­tion OTIM aimed to in­crease trade and in­vest­ment be­tween South Africa and the West African coun­tries. The mis­sion also aims to pro­mote bi­lat­eral trade and ex­plore in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Lithon Project Con­sul­tants was among the 18 com­pa­nies that par­tic­i­pated in the OTIM that started in Ghana on 18 March and then moved to Nige­ria.

The com­pany’s Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man Adri­aan Grob­ler said they re­ceived an im­pres­sive re­sponse from gov­ern­ment and busi­nesses and man­aged to make leads which will be con­sid­ered.

Grob­ler said the mis­sions gave his com­pany en­try into new mar­kets.

“Firstly I wish to thank the dti for the op­por­tu­nity granted to our com­pany to par­tic­i­pate in this out­ward sell­ing and in­vest­ment mis­sion to Ghana and Nige­ria. This gave us great en­try to new mar­kets, which would have been dif­fi­cult to do on our own.

“In Ghana four pri­vate con­struc­tion com­pa­nies re­quested joint ven­tures on turnkey projects and dis­cus­sions are con­tin­u­ing to fi­nalise ar­eas of in­ter­est. In Nige­ria, com­pa­nies in the field of mar­ket re­search, oil and gas, min­ing and con­struc­tion were in­ter­ested in part­ner­ing on longterm projects,” said Grob­ler.

Mean­while, Pres­i­dent of the Built En­vi­ron­ment Pro­fes­sions Ex­port Coun­cil (BEPEC), Cor­nelis Hugo Korsten, said the coun­cil has also made head­way.

He said the site visit to the Merid­ian Port Ser­vice (MPS) Tema port ex­pan­sion project in Ghana stood out for him. Dur­ing that site visit, the del­e­ga­tion learnt about the state of the ports and rail in­fras­truc­ture and up­grades that will be un­der­taken at the site.

Korsten said the port ex­pan­sion project pre­sented op­por­tu­ni­ties for South African busi­nesses, adding that there was a lot they could do for the Tema port to be re­vived.

“We will en­cour­age our mem­bers to get in­volved in Ghana and Nige­ria be­cause for the con­ti­nent to suc­ceed glob­ally, we have to im­prove in­fras­truc­ture. Africa is en­dowed with re­sources and the best way to move these re­sources is through im­proved in­fras­truc­ture net­works across the re­gion to fully ex­ploit our eco­nomic po­ten­tial,” said Korsten.

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