Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. (File Picture: ANA)

JOHANNESBURG - A group of South African companies would showcase their products at the Asia Fruit Logistica 2017 scheduled to take place in Hong Kong from this September. 

The companies received financial support from the Department of Trade and Industry's (the dti) Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA).

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies said the objectives of the South African National Pavilion at Asia Fruit Logistica2017 was to attract and secure potential agents, buyers and distributors for the SA companies, collect and obtain trade leads. It was also envisaged to grow and sustain South Africa’s fresh produce sector image in Hong Kong“The Asia Fruit Logistica will expose South African companies to exporting opportunities and will be a good platform to promote South Africa’s fresh produce products to potential new customers and for them to obtain new business partners and penetrate existing markets”.

“Small, medium and micro enterprises and emerging exporters were targeted for the trade fair. The exposure that they will obtain from participating in the trade fair is anticipated to result in export and investment opportunities,” said Davies.

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Davies said the trade fair also covers every sector of the international fruit and vegetable supply chain from production, distribution and marketing, through to the point of sale, including global players as well as small and medium-sized suppliers from all around the world.  

“The two-way trade between South Africa and Hong Kong was valued at R30.2 billion in 2016, with trade balance amounting to R21.8 billion in favour of South Africa. South Africa’s exports to Hong Kong were valued at R26 billion in 2016, a slight increase of 15% from R22.6 billion in 2015. Whereas imports from Hong Kong was worth R4.2 billion,“ said Davies.