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Old 08-29-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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Pretoria - Exhibitions can deepen relations between South Africa and Mozambique, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe.

Thabethe was speaking at the 49th Feira International De Maputo (Facim), an international exhibition currently taking place in Maputo, Mozambique.

“Through the Facim exhibitions, South Africa and Mozambique can enjoy good economic benefits that can further complement the work that has been done over the years by both countries. When we speak of regional integration and intra-trade among African states, we are also referring to such platforms that people take for granted,” said Thabethe at the official opening of the South African National Pavilion on Wednesday.

The objective of the South African National Pavilion at Facim is to promote and showcase South African potential in general. It is also to attract potential buyers, distributors and agents, and to raise awareness amongst the South African industries about trade opportunities that are available.

Thabethe is accompanied to Mozambique by a business delegation.

The Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce in Mozambique, Kenneth Marizane, said Facim should be used as an opportunity for South African businesses to invest in Mozambique.

“Mozambique can learn a lot from South Africa in the region and follow in their footsteps in the number of projects that they have already accomplished,” said Marizane.

Mozambique still forms part of South Africa’s top five trade partners in the region. Trade between the two countries is still positively in favour of South Africa. In 2012, exports from South Africa to Mozambique stood at R18.9 billion and South Africa’s imports from Mozambique stood at R10.4 billion.

The exhibition kicked off on Monday and will conclude on Sunday. –
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