A South African business delegation has kicked off its week-long trade and investment mission to Ghana and Nigeria, the Ministry of Trade and Industry has said.The ministry said in a statement on Tuesday that the mission forms part of its objective to identify and create export markets for South African value-added products and services.
“It will also serve to promote South African products and service offerings, while creating business partnerships between business communities of the respective countries,” the ministry said.
Trade Minister Rob Davies said the mission, which kicked off on Monday and will end on Saturday, was aimed at advancing trade and investment relations between South Africa and the two West African countries.
Both Ghana and Nigeria feature as key strategic partners for South Africa in the West African region and are pivotal partners towards advancing integration on the continent, Davies said.
According to the minister, his ministry has prioritised engagements with these two strategic markets following President Jacob Zuma’s successful state visit to Nigeria last year.
“The mission will also create a platform to facilitate networking and the obtaining of information on the dynamics of the industries, as well as availability of partnership opportunities in both Ghana and
Nigeria. It will also provide opportunities for relationship building among business communities,” he said.