EASTERN CAPE EXPORT SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION
14 & 15 September 2022 | EAST LONDON ICC
International trade – a lever for economic recovery
Rebuild Export Capacity Post Pandemic
The Eastern Cape Development Corporation’s commitment to grow the province’s significant contribution to global markets, brings together international trade partners, trade policy experts, government support agencies, and industry, including emerging/existing exporters, financiers, logistics and infrastructure role-players, under one roof in the 4th edition of this annual key economic intervention.
The event to be held in-person will connect these role-players through an exhibition, two-day conference, workshops, match-making and networking opportunity to achieve three overarching objectives:
- Promoting exports and supply networks.
- Promoting export-readiness and
- Synergising resources and focus of a wide range of export-related role-players that optimises export efficiency and economic growth.
All activities will be hosted in-person, however, the Conference will also be LIVE streamed across South Africa and beyond.
Its goal is to familiarise the Eastern Cape and its existing and current trading partners with the changes in global developments like AfCFTA and BRICS and go a step further to prepare them with the most relevant information, contacts and resources needed to practically materialise opportunities.
The Eastern Cape Export Symposium, held in-person at the East London ICC on September 14 and 15, takes the theme in 2022 of: “ International trade – a lever for economic recovery”
The Conference will deal with assisting companies to rebuild export capacity post pandemic, opportunities to tighten regional integration in ways that better leverage local resources in a global setup and how to identify realistic export opportunities
The Eastern Cape seeks to extend its markets for both existing and new products in a range of sectors, some of which already demonstrate the quality of produce and efficient global distribution achieved through the region’s committed supplychain, including industry and government at all levels. These sectors include, but are not limited to, automotive and agriculture (livestock, mohair, wool, citrus, timber, tea and agri-processing).
To assist companies to rebuild export capacity and supply networks post pandemic,
- To exploit opportunities in and to build regional integration (Intra-African trade)
- To cast a global and national spotlight on export ready new and existing companies in the Eastern Cape
- To collate, share and leverage local resources to stimulate exports and grow trade relationships.
Relevant role-players (international trade partners, importers and buyers, trade policy experts, government support agencies, and industry, including prospective exporters, existing exporters, financiers, logistics and infrastructure role-players, and purchasing managers) connect at the Symposium through Exhibiting, Attending the Conference, Attending a workshop/s, Attending the Networking Dinner or attending the exhibition as a visitor only.
Runs over two days in person with LIVE stream option with a compelling speaker line-up.
DAY ONE THEME: THE EASTERN CAPE EXPORT STRATEGY: INFRASTRUCTURE AND POLICY
Numerous stakeholders play a role in optimising exports from the region. This session provides these roleplayers, exporters, partners and potential investors with a comprehensive and complete, multi-disciplinary view of the trends, new developments, opportunities, strengths and improvement areas that define and drive the export ambition.
DAY TWO THEME: EXPORTERS ARISE (ESSENTIAL UPDATES AND RESOURCES)
Prospective and existing exporters require uptodate information on available support services, resources and policy movements that promote export growth. Fresh among these is the African Collective Free Trade Area
- 30 export-ready SMMEs
- Buyer program for international delegates (online meetings