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Pietermaritzburg and Midlands Chamber of Business Facilitating entry to global markets


Some of the Pietermaritzburg GEAP participants at a workshop with project manager Shan Cade (4th right).

A group of aspirant exporters recently flew the flag for the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands Chamber of Business at the closing event of the Global Export Accelerator Partnership (GEAP) programme in Cape Town. The group joined their colleagues from the three other participating chambers – Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay (Gqeberha/Port Elizabeth), and Johannesburg – to draw the curtain on a year-long programme to train about 150 black-owned small- and medium size enterprises to enter global markets.


The participants completed a year of rigorous export training, dedicated mentorship sessions and market linkage activities in the GEAP programme. The initiative was made possible through the Employment and Skills for Development in Africa (E4D) Programme, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.


The event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) saw participants exhibit their offerings, and they were provided the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, corporates interested in diversifying their supply chains, and funders interested in funding entrepreneurs and supporting the ongoing rollout of the GEAP programme. The programme included panel discussions on SME access to target-markets, government support, and finance.


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