|The efforts of MBB Consulting Services to expand its brand visibility will receive a boost when it participates in the upcoming Outward Trade and Investment Mission (OTIM) to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, scheduled to take place from 18 – 22 November 2019. The mission is organised and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA) with the objective of assisting South African companies to find a market for their products in Côte d’Ivoire.
The Agricultural Engineer of the Pietermaritzburg-based firm which offers consulting services in the fields of agriculture, civil, industrial, structural and environmental engineering, Mr Mark Zartmann says he will be traveling to Cote d’Ivoire with the intention of gaining knowledge of the country, and to understand the needs for agricultural infrastructure development and its openness to services from South Africa.
“We would like to meet agricultural development agencies, companies and government departments that play a role in this field where our wide range of services could add value. From this interaction we would hope to be able to enter the market, either on tendered projects or as technical partners in new developments,” says Zartmann.
Zartmann, who will be heading to Côte d’Ivoire for the first time, having been to self-funded market research trips to Uganda and Gambia respectively, emphases that many agricultural and rural developments undertaken by large international companies do not sufficiently account for what makes Africa different.
“Côte d’Ivoire is a major agricultural producer. As an African brand we understand the need for appropriate technology that meets the needs of its stakeholders. Our broad and multi-disciplinary experience can be used to great advantage in the development of sustainable projects and improvement of productivity,” adds Zartmann.
The programme for the OTIM entails a trade and investment seminar, targeted business-to-business meetings, site visits and a round-table discussion at the African Development Bank (AfDB) headquarters.
Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
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Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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