Posted: October 22, 2019
the dti to Hone Export Skills of Limpopo Businesspeople
|A group of Limpopo businesspeople will get an opportunity to equip themselves with more export knowledge and skills when they attend the two-day Global Exporters Passport Programme (GEPP) training session which will be hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) at the Library Gardens in Polokwane from 24-25 October 2019.
The purpose of the GEPP is to provide training to small, medium and large enterprises (SMMEs) that wish to expand their export opportunities. The programme, which is part of the Integrated National Export Strategy (INES), aims to prepare companies to be export-ready and sustainable in the highly-competitive international export market.
Companies that will attend the session will learn about various aspects of operating in the export and import business world in order to be competitive and sustainable in the export market. The third phase addresses market entry issues, targeting specific markets based on the export marketing plan developed in Phase 2. It also assists enterprises with the implementation of their marketing plan. Topics that are covered in Phase 3 of the programme include Doing business in a specific region, Market access issues, Customs and taxation, Product branding for a specific market, Market research, and Export finance.
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Fikile Majola, who visited the Seshego Industrial Park in Polokwane on Monday, says the programme is an integral part of the dti’s National Exporter Development Programme (NEDP). Its objective is to increase South Africa’s capacity for exporting diversified and value-added goods to various global markets which contribute to the growth of the economic.
“It is important that we develop a pool of export-ready companies in order to increase the number of the country’s exporters, grow the economy, and contribute to employment creation. But to achieve these goals we need to first equip businesspeople with the necessary information, skills and knowledge on the functioning of the international export market. Empowering them with the prerequisite tools for export will enable them to be competitive and produce products that will hold their own in the international market,” says Majola.
The Global Exporters Passport Programme has benefitted about 3 000 companies that have received training in different phases since its introduction in 2013.