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A number of representatives of South African business and government recently visited Tunisia and Algeria in order to further trade and investment. Organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI), the Trade and Investment Mission to Tunisia and Algeria saw a 22-member business delegation participating in business seminars, business-to-business meetings and site visits.

Trade visitThe South African business delegation received financial support from the DTI’s Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) to participate in the Trade and Investment Mission.

“We really had a very successful trip and are coming back home with serious trade leads that can see us exporting our products to Algeria and Tunisia soon. We specialise in the production of transmission, telephone, fencing and building poles. With our six treating plants strategically positioned near Durban and Maputo harbours, we are able to serve the local and export market with comparative ease. It is possible to penetrate the North African region via Algeria,” says Howard Holley, MD of Treated Timber Products.

The Executive Director of the Built Environment Export Council (BEPEC), Con Korsten, says that although BEPEC is an established entity, platforms like trade and investment missions are still relevant to the company and to the benefit of their members. “We had a very productive meeting with our Tunisian counterparts with possibilities of introducing our members’ services in their market. We also had successful meetings with Algerian construction companies in respect to exchanging of skills, technologies and possible cooperation in government construction tenders. The Algerian economy is going through a major transformation and as a result opens doors for South African construction companies to collaborate.”

This sentiment is echoed by Executive Director of Tshete QS & Engineering Consultants, Rendani Makhomu. He says the mission, which was his first in North Africa, afforded him the opportunity to learn and understand the business environment in both Tunisia and Algeria. “I had productive meetings with Tunisian and Algerian engineering companies during the mission, and as a result acquired leads that I will work on to have my services and offerings penetrate the market there.”

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