Published On: Thu, Jul 23rd, 2015

SA, Mozambique enhance Forestry trade ties

South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies

South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies

JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOUTH Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is hosting a delegation of government and private sector officials
responsible for the forestry sector in Mozambique.

Mozambique Ministry of Land, Environmental Affair and Rural Development
for the inward trade and investment mission to the neighbouring country.

The mission concludes at the end of the week in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

The purpose of the mission is to explore business opportunities in the
forestry value chain between Mozambique and South African businesses.

South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, said a
bilateral value chain development within the region was an important part
of the regional development strategy for Southern African Development
Community (SADC).

He added that the Industrial Development Corporation had already financed
some of the projects and looking for opportunities in Mozambique.

“This is an important step in deepening regional integration and the
development of agro-regional value chains thus improving the
competitiveness of the region. The focus is on the development of
Mozambique forestry value chain to foster a mutual relationship with South
African companies,” says Davies.

South African High Commissioner to Mozambique, Mandisi Mpahlwa, said the
mission included a business seminar, networking session and site visits.

He said the objective was to encourage trade and investment in the
forestry based industries in both countries.

The mission follows a Memorandum of Understanding on Forestry Based
Industries that was signed between Mozambique and South Africa in 2011,
during the Presidential State Visit by President Jacob Zuma to Mozambique.

“As part of the implementation process of the agreement, trade and
investment missions have been held in both countries,” said Mpahlwa.

– CAJ News

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