Hosted by Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), the 2014 Export Week programme took place in Durban from the 17 - 20 November, the programme was jam-packed with activities and presentations developed to recognise, promote and assist in nurturing KwaZulu-Natal's export businesses and industry.
Export Week 2014 provides a platform for professional development and information on growth sectors and market opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal's new and existing exporters as well as internationally-focused businesses.
One of the highlights of this year's Export week was the launch of KZN's first Export Portal and Directory by KZN's MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu in partnership with Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal. Export Week 2014 was hosted in three parts :
Export Awareness Seminar (17 November 2014 at the Riverside Hotel) - Aimed specifically at emerging exporters, or manufacturers who have not exported before. The seminar provided them with valuable insights such as the rules and regulations, challenges and requirements within the world of exports.
Export Summit (18-19 November 2014 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC) - themed African Exports Rising and Growth & Emerging Markets, respectively. They included the launch of the new export portal and directory, emerging African export markets, with panelists from Kenya, Zambia and the DRC; Women in Exports; case studies by African exporters and their successes and challenges, among others.
Targeting existing exporters of all sizes, information was shared on opportunities (in Africa and South East Asia), helping them understand new trends; gather statistical information, learn about export successes, and acquire information on standards and funding. Delegates also interact with the DTI and fellow exporters in the Integrated National Export Strategy (INES).
Export Master (20 November 2014) - The Export Master class targeted about 20 - 30 experienced KZN export companies who were keen on sharpening their capabilities in exporting. The session comprised of high level discussions that were led by a panel that included the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu as well as other entities and private organisations such as Transnet Port Terminals, Regent Business School, the Durban Chamber of Commerce.
Export Week 2014 concluded with a networking golf session which was coordinated by TIKZN sponsored by various stakeholders and private companies.