Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber hosts British High Commissioner

SEPTEMBER 21, 2016

The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber was privileged to receive a visit from the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Dame Judith Macgregor, on Tuesday morning where selected Business Chamber members were given the opportunity to discuss potential opportunities of synergy between Britain and Nelson Mandela Bay and the implications of the Brexit Referendum on business in South Africa.  

Visiting the Business Chamber for the first time, Macgregor stated that the Brexit Referendum has no immediate implication for business in South Africa, however, encourages business to seize trade opportunities as ‘things have opened up’ in Britain like never before. 

“The good news, after Brexit, the UK would be able to negotiate new trade deals and South Africa is a priority because it is a big market,” says Macgregor.

According to Macgregor, Britain’s key priority focus areas are; Agri-tech, Infrastructure, Security, Health Care, Maritime, Aerospace, Education and Call Centres.

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber highlighted the tremendous amount of synergy between the Nelson Mandela Bay and Britain and encouraged the British High Commissioner to explore these areas for mutually beneficial economic growth.

The key priority areas highlighted by Hustler were; Tourism, Education, Marine and Maritime, Health Services, Skills Transfer.

“The event was an outstanding success with both parties appreciating the opportunities and synergies between our countries. The way forward is for us to establish a strong working relationship with the British High Commissioner and explore areas of trade and investment for mutual benefit,” expressed Hustler.  

“We would like to thank the British High Commissioner to South for taking the time to meet with our Business Chamber members and look forward to strenghthenting  business relations and fostering partnerships between Britain and Nelson Mandela Bay”, said Hustler.

Image: In photo from left: British High Commissioner to South Africa, Dame Judith Macgregor, and Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO, Kevin Hustler.