The myriad products on exhibit at KZN Export Week 2018 hosted by Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal.
The commitment of the South African government to create an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive forms part of the objectives of the Provincial Growth and Development Plan (PGDP) for KwaZulu-Natal aimed at improving the lives of ordinary people.
Delegates were locked in robust discussions at the KZN Export Week 2018 hosted by Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal which impressed the need for KZN to be positioned as the gateway to Africa and the world and the urgency to act now on catalytic projects.
KZN is the second largest contributor (15%) of GDP in South Africa after Gauteng.
Frikkie Brooks, deputy director-general, strategic management and head of secretariat, KZN Provincial Planning Commission, said, “We need to increase our links to Africa. Inclusive economic growth, human and community development and strategic infrastructure are among the strategic priorities of the KZN PGDP 2035.”
“As a province, we are aiming for a 18% growth target over the next three years. If we are to hit the ground running, we must remove the barriers to catalytic projects. KZN has the highest number of unemployed graduates. Hence, the commitment from government to working closely with tertiary institutions to enhance the quality and relevance of education,” he explained.
He said there was an urgent need to develop the pipeline of skills required to meet the needs of the growing economy and that manufacturing, tourism and freight and logistics were KZN’s competitive sectors.
“Increased investments in infrastructure development in the province is critical to supporting air and sea freight movement of goods and passengers,” he added.
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Hamish Erskine, Dube Tradeport CEO, highlighted the organisation’s role as a business entity of the KZN provincial government in attracting foreign direct investment, facilitating the export of value-added commodities, enabling growth and employment creation.
“Business people and those making investment decisions need connectivity. Durban is at the heart of the first purpose-built aerotropolis in Africa. Connecting Durban to the world also opens up doors for tourism opportunities. That we offer Durban air connectivity to more than 700 destinations is important for an investor. Businesses are encouraged to take full advantage of the existing infrastructure to connect to the world,” he added.
He said British Airways planned introduction of a direct, non-stop flight between London’s Heathrow Airport and Durban’s King Shaka International Airport from 30 October will contribute significantly to the number of international arrivals from the United Kingdom and North America.
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