Over the past 18 months, ITRISA has been involved in the launch and implementation of a number of diverse trade development projects in and around South Africa.
In March 2018, ITRISA launched the year-long Eastern Cape Exporter Development Programme pilot in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, the Eastern Cape Development Corporation and Exporters Eastern Cape.
The programme is unique in the South African context in that the training has been spaced out over 8 months, enabling delegates to implement what they have been learning and undergo mentoring by local experienced exporters. The group will also be attending trade exhibitions and participating in trade missions going forward.
In addition to conducting the training, ITRISA has been commissioned to undertake export readiness assessment of the companies concerned and to assist company representatives in the development of an export action plan. These plans will be entered in the UK Institute of Export & International Trade’s 2019 ‘Open to Export’ global export action plan competition – (see www.opentoexport.com) which culminates in presentations by the authors of the best 10 plans from around the world at the World Trade Organisation’s Open Forum in Geneva towards the end of the year. The competition is open to SMEs located in any country.
In early November, ITRISA conducted a tailormade, six-day ‘Export Process’ training programme for the Department of Trade & Industry’s Trade & Investment South Africa (TISA) team.
…..and in September 2017, the Institute’s training team headed for Swaziland to conduct a three-day export training course for the employees of NAMBoard, SWADE, the Swazi Department of Agriculture, the Swazi Central Bank and other Swazi stakeholders. The course served as the forerunner of a comprehensive Swazi export development drive aimed at building capacity amongst those engaged in the country’s agricultural sector.
ITRISA has also conducted tailored in-house training in 2018 for a number of local companies, including Agri Trading, Sentech, Bevcan, Maxtec and Multotec – and has a number of other in-house training projects in the pipeline.