Metro and ECDC launch trade and export help desk

BY SUPPLIED - SEPTEMBER 1, 2014
The metro has entered into a partner-ship with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) to establish a Trade and Export Help Desk as part of the Nelson Mandela Bay One-Stop Shop.

The metro has entered into a partner-ship with the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) to establish a Trade and Export Help Desk as part of the Nelson Mandela Bay One-Stop Shop.

A report to the Economic Development, Tourism and Agriculture Committee, which meets tomorrow, says that discussions are currently under-way on the “strategic direction” and objectives of the initiative.

It says it will be aligned with The Department of Trade and Industry’s Integrated National Export Strategy.

In addition, it will also “take the form of a delivery vehicle for some of the key provincial and local activities as identified in the National Export Development Programme”.

The report says that businesses, whether new, emerging or existing exporters stood to benefit from “the initiatives and offerings” made available by the Help Desk, including trade lead facilitations, trade shows and missions, trade and export-related information and training.

The Help Desk will be launched before the end of the year and ECDC is currently recruiting the two officials who will operate the facility.

In a separate report, the directorate states that the Trade and Export Pro-motion Office has to date facilitated the training of 124 SMMEs to become exporters, who would now receive further training until they became “global market competitive.”- metrominutes