Media Invitation: Business and Government engage on Special Economic Zones and Building Manufacturing in KZN

28 October 2014

The Forum will bring together key stakeholders, including Dube TradePort; Richards Bay IDZ; Durban Investment Promotion Agency; Trade and Investment KZN and KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.

KwaZulu-Natal’s manufacturing sector is the second largest in the country behind Gauteng’s and accounts for around 20% of total employment. With increased global competition, open markets and a challenging labour environment; the domestic manufacturing sector has seen an erosion in its competitiveness in recent years. However, a new initiative to boost manufacturing is the creation of special economic zones such as the DubeTradePort and in Richards Bay – the creation of industrial clusters driven by incentives to attract investment from industry. The focus is value-added and export-orientated manufacturing.

What is the current status of manufacturing in the province; which sectors are being prioritised; what incentive policies are being put in place and what are the opportunities for both local and foreign investors in the manufacturing industries in the region, South Africa & KZN in particular? These are all key issues that will be discussed in an interactive manner by the leading KZN trade & investment promotion agencies.

Join Frontier Advisory in partnership with Dube TradePort; Richards Bay IDZ; Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal; KZN Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs and the Durban Investment Promotion Agency as we discuss the topic: “Special Economic Zones and Building Manufacturing in KZN”, on Friday the 7th November 2014 at the Latitude Conference Centre, Dube TradePort, Durban.

Joining this Frontier Forum will be: Mr Michael Mabuyakhulu, MPP, MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, KwaZulu-Natal; Peter Draper, Director, Tutwa Consulting; Rory Wilkinson, Planning Director, Tongaat Hulett Development; Raymond Padayachee, Head of Industry and Manufacturing Sector for South Africa and Africa, Siemens; Saxen van Coller, CEO, Dube TradePort; Russell Curtis, CEO, Durban Investment Promotion Agency and Dr Martyn Davies, CEO, Frontier Advisory.

Venue: Dube TradePort, La Mercy, KwaZulu-Natal
Date: 7 November 2014

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