African Ports Evolution

African Ports Evolution

African Ports Evolution 2016 proved to be a huge success at the Durban International Conference Center. The two day event attracted over 300 high level conference VIP’s from across Africa and the world. Total participation at the conference amounted to just over 2 500 delegates that attended the workshop programs and exhibitions. The conference had also drew 16 countries that represented the speaker line-up. German Ambassador to SA Mr Walter Lindner gave the opening welcome address at the conference. Deputy Minister of Transport: Ms Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga was the guest speaker at the glamorous Women in Transport Awards, an event that was fully sponsored by the Mayor of EThekwini Municipality. South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA) hosted a brilliant knowledge-sharing networking breakfast. The sponsors and exhibitors were readily available to showcase their products and services as well as discuss solutions to the conference participants. The next APE is scheduled to take place in Durban at the ICC on the 4-5 October 2017.

KZN Export Week

KZN Export Week

An initiative by Trade & Investment Kwazulu-Natal
16 - 20 October 2017

A full week of activities dedicated to growing Kwazulu-Natal’s Export business and industries

KZN Export Week is an annual programme of Trade Invest KZN (TIKZN) developed to recognise, promote and assist with growing KwaZulu-Natal's
export businesses and industries.

Through a comprehensive programme of activities, it will provide professional
development and information on growth sectors and market opportunities
to KwaZulu-Natal's new and existing exporters and internationally focused
businesses.

Export Week will highlight the significance of exporting to the KwaZulu-
Natal economy and will aim to celebrate the success of KwaZulu-Natal
exporters. Export Week KZN will be filled with information and networking
session of interest for emerging exporters, existing exporters, and seasoned
exporters.

www.tikzn.co.za/exportweek

View the Brochure and Programme here

SAXONY – (SACHSEN) Delegation April 2017

SAXONY – (SACHSEN) Delegation April 2017

This month, we hosted a delegation that included the Deputy Prime Minister and State Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport of the Free State of Saxony, Mr Martin Dulig, together with a group of Saxon companies (from various industries) on a visit to the Republic of South Africa. We hosted an intensive 2-day programme over the 7th and 8th April 2017 which included a presentation of Saxony, formal address by Mr Dulig, networking sessions, B2B meetings, addresses by key local players such as TIKZN as well as sightseeing, luncheons and dinner. The delegation and activities were successful despite this being a politically sensitive time in South Africa. We were directly affected by the national strike or call-to-action, which included a march not far from our Chamber offices in Durban. This restricted the turnout of local business representatives in particular.

Members' Luncheon - Mr Sihle Zikalala, KZN MEC for Economic Development, Environmental and Tourism Affairs

Members' Luncheon - Mr Sihle Zikalala, KZN MEC for Economic Development, Environmental and Tourism Affairs

The Durban office held its member luncheon at the Royal Natal Yacht club on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Mr Sihle Zikalala, KZN MEC for Economic Development, Environmental and Tourism Affairs, was the guest of honour and keynote speaker for the event. Mr Zikalala emphasised the importance and his “delight as the provincial government to be invited to this important luncheon with SAGCCI,” which he believes serves as “a practical platform for business and stakeholders to engage in the networking process and collectively add to the growth of the economy”. He went on to say that his office looks forward to the proposed partnership agreement in the form of a MoU between DEDTA & SAGCCI, which will be signed in the near future. Members and stakeholders were in a festive mood during the networking session. Our thanks goes out to our key sponsor, the SA-German Training Services (SAGTS), as well as to the Royal Natal Yacht Club for their warm hospitality in their fantastic club.

International Dialogue with German Ambassador

International Dialogue with German Ambassador

KwaZulu Natal; Durban – 18 October 2016.

The Southern African – German Chamber of Commerce & Industry in close cooperation with their stakeholders PwC and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, hosted an International Business Dialogue at the PwC offices in Umhlanga. Keynote speaker for the evening was H.E. Mr. Walter Lindner the German Ambassador into South Africa.

Ambassador Lindner voiced his desire to be among the people of South Africa in spite of his background training as a lawyer. It is his love for music in particular that draws him to the human side of mankind. He went on to state his positive views of our country and how he has developed a constructive working relationship with all levels of the South African government since his term of office. SA in turn has been receptive to developing a reciprocal relationship with that of Germany. Ambassador Lindner also commented on his view of the Brexit situation. He hoped that the UK would not proceed in leaving the EU, since the UK had worked very well with Germany, especially when it came to matters of the fiscal restraint.

The evening ended with the Chamber members and key stakeholders engaging in a fruitful networking session.

SA-Smart Port Delegation to Hamburg

SA-Smart Port Delegation to Hamburg

Purpose of Visit:

  • To facilitate mutually-beneficial, sustainable international relations between key stakeholders, existing / prospective suppliers and chief role-players of Durban Port and Hamburg, in lieu of positioning Durban as a Smart Port City.
  • To offer these key stakeholders the opportunity to see firsthand the ground operations of the Smart Port and city logistics of Hamburg.

Executive Summary ~
As the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) we represent the joint interests of German enterprise and development while building synergistic long-term associations with Southern African counterparts. Central to our vision is the fostering and nurturing of strategic Southern African-German ties, with particular focus on industrial and commercial advancement of the two nations. [Read more]

Southern – African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Partnership with African Ports Evolution 2016.

Southern – African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Partnership with African Ports Evolution 2016.

Brace yourself for the Biggest Maritime event in Africa

At the 5th Annual African Ports Evolution 2016 Bigger is definitely better:

Get the opportunity to network and meet more solution providers, government and public sector visitors, delegates and speakers. You will network with the entire value chain in the ports and rail sectors and experience how transport is inter-connected. Here we will give you a 360 degree solution to your challenges and concerns for Africa’s rail and ports sector.

Exhibit and gain access to delegates and guests from:

5th Annual African Ports Evolution: With key players from the entire African continent and strong support from key stakeholders from over 30 ports across the continent of Africa this event is the one port event in Africa that you cannot afford to miss! http://www.portsevolution.com/

Africa in transit: Africa in Transit is a high-level forum intended for diplomats’ ministers, economists, government representatives and C-level executives. Focusing on the opportunities that exist for further development through the collaboration of public and private stakeholders http://access-africa.org/events/

African Rail Evolution: The upcoming African Rail Evolution conference is a niche event focusing on the maintenance and rehabilitation of rail and the related investment thereof on the African continent. Here we will connect you with the key players of the industry to unlock the potential that our rail sector has. http://rail-evolution.com/

Woman in Transport Awards: Join us at the inaugural Women In Transport Awards 2016 to celebrate and recognize the women in the rail and maritime industry in Africa.

This Mega event will present you the unique opportunity to speak directly to key decision makers and buyers, whose intentions are to advance the port and rail sector. We will delve into the future of ports and rail and what technology can and will do for the sector. 

The Official Launch of the Southern African - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry KZN Office

The Official Launch of the Southern African - German Chamber of Commerce and Industry KZN Office

DURBAN, KWAZULU NATAL – The official launch of the Southern African - German Chamber of Commerce, KwaZulu Natal Regional office was held at the Durban Country Club on Wednesday, June 6th 2012, which was graced with the presence of the KZN Honorable MEC for Economic Development and Tourism Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Nomvuzo Shabalala.

The event is an integral part of the SAGCC’s 60th anniversary celebrations, and was a huge success with leading figures in both the public and private sectors in attendance.

The South African Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Horst Freitag, spoke volumes of the “strong and sustainable” economic ties between Germany and South Africa, evident by the fact that Germany does more trade with South Africa, than it does with both South Korea and Portugal. Furthermore, Dr. Freitag said that despite global economic volatility, 600 German companies had recently invested in and thus contributed to job creation and skills development in South Africa.

The Honorable MEC Mr Mabuyakhulu, expressed appreciation and support at the SAGCC’s decision to establish a KwaZulu Natal regional office, calling the official launch a major milestone to strengthen the already existing relations by both countries to Socio –Economic development by reinforcing trade and investment platforms for mutual benefit.

The KwaZulu Natal regional office, under the directorship of Ms. Yvonne Iyer, will facilitate trade relations between KwaZulu Natal and Germany by providing a host of support services to individuals and organisations in both locales, who wish to explore bilateral business opportunities.
Photos of this event are available on our link: http://suedafrika.ahk.de/durban

Compiled by: Prinesha Naidoo
Journalist| Public Relations Practitioner| TV and Radio Producer

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