The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic), in partnership with Trade Forward Southern Africa (TFSA) will host a free webinar for exporters based in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa on April 29.
The webinar will cover valuable information, knowledge, resources, tools and facilities on global markets. It will also identify and demonstrate key information resources for export to the United Kingdom since its exit from the European Union. An economic partnership agreement between the UK and these countries came into effect in January.
TFSA is a UK government-funded programme that operates across the countries belonging to the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and Mozambique to support the business community in the region by giving companies the opportunity to boost trade across and beyond southern Africa, including to the UK, generating inclusive, women-centred growth. The South African national steering committee of the TFSA programme is chaired by the director of export development, promotion and outward investments at the dtic, Luke Govender.
During the webinar, TFSA will demonstrate the tools and facilities brought together in the TFSA Trade and Information Hub that business can use to identify potential export markets, and the customs duties, rules, regulations and standards exporters must meet in export markets. The Trade and Information Hub is also free for use by business, business support organisations, and business media in promoting exports. It can be accessed on: https://tfsouthernafrica.org.
Export-capable firms will be shown how to find detailed information specific to their particular products and countries, going beyond the broad overview of trade agreements and rules in general. The webinar will also provide information on other TFSA initiatives in selected value chains - and support to women in export.
The trade landscape is changing, thanks to the latest technology and innovations, and small as well as large businesses can take advantage of opportunities across regional and global value chains. But regionally, firms continue to face challenges, from trade barriers to commercial compliance, and there are added hurdles for many women entrepreneurs.
Exporters interested in attending the webinar should register through the link: https://qkt.io/TFSA