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Cape Town Company Looks to Increase Market in Ghana and Nigeria

2017-03-17
 
The Senior Marketing Manager at Berfin, Ms Portia Schippers says she is looking to expand her company’s profile in both the Nigerian and Ghanaian market during the Trade and Investment Mission taking place in those countries next week. Berfin is a local company from Cape Town, specialising in the manufacturing of juices, cooking sauces, condiments, spices, sweets, chutneys, salad dressings, stocks, canned items, dried fruit and non-alcoholic sparkling grape juices.

The company will form part of the 20-member strong delegation of South African companies that will be led by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) to Ghana and Nigeria from 20-25 March 2017.

According to Schippers, the mission presents an opportunity for the company which currently employs 30 people, to open up foreign markets. She adds that it is through these missions that the company will have an opportunity to engage potential partners to export products into their countries.

Schippers states that anyone who has a business and wishes to export their products and services should take advantage of the missions.

“It is an opportunity to check the market and see if the market can be valuable for one’s products. Most people still think that Africa has nothing to offer, but that is not true,” adds Schippers.

The mission forms part of the dti’s objective to identify and create export markets for South African value-added products and services. It also serves to promote South African products, and service offerings, and to also create business partnerships between business communities of the three respective countries.

Sectors targeted for the mission are agro-processing, electro-technical, infrastructure, mining and capital equipment. The programme for the mission will include trade and investment seminars, site visits and business-to-business meetings.

South Africa’s exports to Nigeria increased almost doubled from R6.4 billion in 2012 to R8.3 billion in 2015, slightly declining to R6.4 billion in 2016. The two countries continuously traded goods at high capacity and Nigeria maintained the trade surplus of R23 billion in 2016.

“In 2016, South Africa’s total trade of goods to Ghana reached R45.09 billion. This comprised of exports valued at R4.9 billion, whilst imports were valued at R192 million. South Africa registered a trade surplus of R4.7 billion with Ghana in 2016.” says Minister Davies.

Enquiries:
Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
E-mail: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.za
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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