ECIC participated at the Western Cape Manufacturing Indaba, co-hosted by the dti and the Western Cape Provincial Government on the 22 November 2017 at the Century City Convention Centre, Cape Town.
The provincial Indaba’s are roadshows following the successful National Manufacturing Indaba which was held at the country’s manufacturing hub, Ekurhuleni in June 2017. The provincial Indaba’s are hosted in key industrialised and manufacturing led regions of South Africa, namely Eastern Cape, KZN and the Western Cape.
ECIC’s Economist, Ms. Sindiso Ndlovu participated in a discussion panel under the topic: “Intra-African regional trade – How can manufacturers sell their products and services to the African market and develop export led growth”. The Indaba will be attended by financiers, investors, government leaders and industrial manufacturing export companies from the Western Cape region.
Manufacturing is the second biggest sector in the Western Cape and contributes about 15% to the South African manufacturing sector output. The province’s agro-processing continues to show resilience amid tough economic times, and its renewables and green tech industries have received significant boost through investments. The manufacturing sector in the Western Cape is supported by multi-national corporations who have chosen the region to take advantage of the economic opportunities of the local economy as well as those in the rest of Africa.