DURBAN – The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in partnership with Transnet Port Terminal held the KZN Exporter of the Year awards on the 4th of October 2018.
Exports account for 20.82 percent of the KwaZulu-Natal gross domestic product (GDP) and the value of exports increased from R130 million in 2016 to about R139 million in 2017.
The President of the DCCI said: "Exports play a key role in our economy and can have positive knock-on effects on our regional economy as they can result in growth in our manufacturing and industrial sectors which can promote growth along the value chain and job creation."
The chief executive of Transnet Nozipho Sithole highlighted the importance of including SMME's in the export industry and encouraging the growth of SMME's.
She said: "SMMEs are key to job creation, and we cannot leave them behind in our pursuit to put economic growth on an upward trajectory."