the dti plays a critical role in the promotion of economic development and meaningful participation in the global economic and trade environment. It achieves this
by working to build an equitable multilateral trading system that facilitates development, strengthens trade and investment links with key economies. A significant
feature of the dti's international engagement also involves work to support African regional economic integration and development co-operation.
the dti recognises the importance of promoting trade and inward investment, and building trade and investment relations. It focuses on encouraging
exports, to leverage global growth for the development of the South African economy, through the establishment of collaborative agreements with existing
trading partners and dynamic fast-growing emerging markets.
the dti, in partnership with the Provincial Investment Promotion Agencies (PIPAs), undertakes investment and export promotion activities in targeted
markets that are aligned to South Africa's international relations and co-operation agreements.