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Polish inward bound delegation investigating business opportunities in KZN Province

2014-09-08 10:09:00

The Province of KwaZulu-Natal is currently hosting a business delegation from the Wielkopolska Region in Poland until Wednesday, 11 June 2014. The delegation comprising eight companies and three political officials is led by Mr. Mateusz Klemenski, Deputy Marshal of the Wielkopolska Region, Chairman of the delegation and Mr. Jakub Jackowski, Head of Internationalization Division/ Department of Economy, Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region. The focus of the mission is to increase partnerships and business linkages in KZN with companies in the areas of appliance manufacture, food products, electronics, door & window manufacture and bus manufacture. The companies are looking for local partners and representatives for their products. Trade & Investment KZN together with the Office of the Premier and Ethekwini Municipality is hosting the delegation over these three days. The programme includes a cultural tour of Inanda, a one-day business session comprising business briefings, one-on-one meetings with local companies and site visits to major developments such as the Dube Tradeport and the Port of Durban. The delegation will also meet with Premier Mr. Senzo Mchunu and Ethekwini Mayor Mr. James Nxumalo. The Durban and Pietermaritzburg Chambers are also set to engage with the group. South Africa's natural positioning as a gateway into the Southern African Development Countries with two of the continent's busiest ports, the state of the art King Shaka passenger and cargo capabilities as well as the well developed road and rail infrastructure make it an obvious choice for countries such as Poland that wish to gain access to the sub-continent. The Vise grad group of countries (V4), comprising of Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, have a combined population of 64 million people and a gross domestic product of almost all the African continent currently valued at $1.1 trillion and forecasted at $1.8trillion by 2020. South Africa offers opportunities for complementary and powerful synergies of economic development. Trade between South Africa and Poland grew from R2.7bn in 2006 to R7.5bn last year. Exports from South Africa include (machinery, vehicles, sulphur, aluminium, ores, slag and ash. Polish exports include machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, vehicles, essential oils and perfumes) 

South Africa has significant investments in Poland's beverages, paper, furniture manufacturing and retail sectors. These included acquisitions by companies including SABMiller, Mondi Group, Steinhoff and Naspers.

Submitted on behalf of Zamo Gwala, CEO at Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal

Contact Person: Perusha Govender

Position: Communications Officer

Tel: 27 31 368 9600

Cell: 083 778 5032

Fax: 086 500 9862


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