South Africa’s Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Leads Trade Mission to Zimbabwe

While speaking at the inaugural Economic Research Advisory Network Conference at Eastern Cape on Thursday, Mzwandile Masina, South Africa's Trade and Industry Deputy Minister called on government and academia to actively participate in identifying models that will help sustainable development for re-industrialization and growth of the country's economy.

In another instance, a business delegation of thirty members from SA will head to Zimbabwe on Sunday. The mission is headed by Mzwandile Masina and mainly aims at boosting investment and trade possibilities. It will visit Harare, Gweru and Bulawayo.

The delegation from SA consists of companies that operate mainly in the agriculture and related processing industries, oil and gas, built environment professionals, mining, capital equipment as well as electro technical sectors. The main goals of the scheme are to boost export market access for products and services from SA.

The Department of Trade and Industry and the companies included in the mission got assistance through the Export Marketing and Investment Assistance scheme. Masina says that the mission is part of the government's efforts to reinforce economic relations and boost investment as well as trade relations between SA and Zimbabwe.

Masina said, "The mission to Zimbabwe will enable the South African companies to identify trade and investment opportunities in the country and to interact with Zimbabwean business people and consider ways in which cooperation, partnerships and joint-ventures could be established in order to explore these opportunities."