TIL Tackles Regional Cooperation
Swaziland delegation and Limpopo Province's TIL joining hands
as sign agreement after Business Breakfast meeting at Meropa Casino.
Trade and Investment Limpopo (TIL) hosted a three
day Kingdom of Swaziland Inward Mission. The mission followed
after a TIL led business delegation to the Swaziland International
Trade Fair (SITF) during August and September 2009 – and
included a fact finding mission to Limpopo in preparation of a
Swazi Business Mission planned for early 2010. The mission was
led by a cross section of Kingdom of Swaziland socio-economic
and political institutions; including parliamentarian representatives,
Swaziland Investment Promotion Agency (SIPA) as well as the Federation
of Swaziland Employers & Chamber of Commerce (FCECC).
Swaziland delegation at Bus Breakfast meeting at Meropa
Limpopo Director General, Dr. Nelly Manzini (Middle white
Swazi delegation at the Premier's office.
The mission also gave practical impetus to a TIL-
SIPA strategic agreement, signed in 2008. The MOU commits the
two agencies to establish enhanced channels of communications
for ongoing flow of business information, the provision of market
intelligence, and exploration of joint programmes such as business
seminars, exchange programmes, and trade fairs – to promote
greater levels of awareness of business opportunities in the respective
Economic sectors ear-marked for cooperation inlcude
projects in agro-processing technology transfer, import-export
of sugar, arts and crafts (ceramic products and beadwork), coal
mining, energy, capital infrastructure, as well as tourism business
opportunities emanating from South Africa’s hosting of the
2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup. The delegation visited tomato processing
projects in Tzaneen, Macadamia nuts green farms and Tshivhase
Tea Estate in Vhembe, as well as the Peter Mokaba sports complex
2010 FIFA World Cup stadium in Polokwane.
Says TIL General Manager for International Operations, Manabile
Shogole, “This inward mission is a realization of ongoing
diplomatic and economic ties between South Africa and the Kingdom
of Swaziland. The engagement between Limpopo and Swaziland also
reflects on wider southern African regional strategies; such as
the pursuance of the opening of SADC economies to enable free
movement of goods and people. It is our view that the Southern
African Customs Union will resolve some of the economic challenges
and limitations resulting from unilateral trade practices. Grouping
South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe increases market
share and investor appetite – as this results in a SADC
market estimated to be some 188 million people.”
LIBSA's CEO, Reggie Mpe and SEDCO's CEO, Dorrington Matiwane
signing an MOU marking Regional Economic Integration.
Swaziland and Limpopo Province's Delegates networkinng
at the Gala Dinner & signing ceremony of LIBSA and SEDCO.
Swaziland & Limpopo's delegates at Dinner at the Ranch
Delegates observing the Tea manufacturing process - Tshivhase
Delegates observing the Tea Manufacturing Process at Tshivhase
Swaziland delegation and TIL staff at Tshivhase Tea Estate.
Tea Manufacturing Process at Tshivhase Tea Estate.
Tea Tasting & brief presentation - Tshivhase Tea Estate
Tea tasting-Phiwayinkosi Ginindza (2nd) & Musa Dlamini
(4th) and Kingdom of Swailand MPs.
Tshivhase Tea Estate - Sibasa, Venda.