MEDIA RELEASE PROMOTING EXPORTS TO BOOST THE ECONOMY

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The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched its Exporter of the Year Awards for 2013.
The Chamber, in collaboration with its major sponsor partner, Transnet Port Terminals, will expand its export promotion programme this year by featuring the Awards annual Gala Dinner on 30 October as the highlight in a week of seminars and other events which, in conjunction with TIKZN, will be aimed at stimulating export activity, especially among small and medium businesses.

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MEDIA RELEASE PROMOTING EXPORTS TO BOOST THE ECONOMY

  1. 1. All correspondence to be addressed to: P.O. Box 1506, Durban, 4000, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.Tel: 27 031 335 1000, Fax: 27 031 332 1288Chamber House, 190 Stalwart Simelane Street, Durban, 4001e-mail:chamber@durbanchamber.co.zaWebsite:www.durbanchamber.co.zaMEDIA RELEASEPROMOTING EXPORTS TO BOOST THE ECONOMYThe Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched its Exporter of the YearAwards for 2013.The Chamber, in collaboration with its major sponsor partner, Transnet Port Terminals, willexpand its export promotion programme this year by featuring the Awards annual GalaDinner on 30 October as the highlight in a week of seminars and other events which, inconjunction with TIKZN, will be aimed at stimulating export activity, especially among smalland medium businesses.2013 marks the 15th year of the partnership between TPT and the DCCI on the Exporter ofthe Year Awards. Over the years we have seen and continue to see the value ofthese awards. Not only do they benefit the players in the export industry, but they alsohighlight the importance of driving economic growth through exports for South Africa.Together with the Chamber, TPT continues to effect improvements to the competitionprocess by ensuring that it draws from and reaches a wider spectrum of entrants and that itcontinues to add value,” said Karl Socikwa, CE of Transnet Port Terminals.The Chairperson of the Chamber’s Trade and Investment Committee, Bashni Maistry, andthe CEO, Andrew Layman, lauded the generous support of TPT and the Transnet division’sdedicated commitment to export growth, and the Chamber’s annual Awards which it hassupported continuously for fifteen years. They also thanked the other sponsors of thisyear’s Awards, ABSA Corporate & Investment Bank, Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Nataland SEDA.The CEO announced that the export promotion programme will start even ahead of theExport Week when experienced exporters will offer presentations and guidance to SMMEsthat aspire to exporting their products or services to other countries.The Chamber invites entries to the Exporter of the Year Awards from any company engagedin export. There are five categories: Large, Medium, Small and Emerging companies and aspecial category for export into Africa. Another special award for a contribution to BlackEconomic Empowerment will also be made.Entry forms may be obtained from Prudence Sakala at the Chamber(sakalap@durbanchamber.co.za) to whom queries may also be directed.ANDREW LAYMANChief Executive Officer 29 May 2013

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