Italian South African Chamber of Trade & Industries

The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industry is a non-profit organization that supports the Italian-South African business community and assists with commercial ventures between the two countries.

The Chamber acts as a bridge between Italian and South African business. We provide vital knowledge, contacts and tailor-made assistance for Italian and South African companies to be able to navigate the prospects of bilateral trade between the two countries.

Founded in 1983 by a group of 15 prominent South African-Italian businessmen, the Italian Chamber has retained an extremely strong board of directors, consisting of some of the top Italian-South African business figures. The Chamber is thus given its mandate and guidance by a highly knowledgeable group of people who are extremely attuned to the relationship between Italy and South Africa. Every year, members of the Chamber elect an Executive Committee which works to adopt and revise strategies relevant to the annual context of the market.

We believe that there remain many opportunities in both the South African and Italian markets; and the different global economic positions of the two countries provide many opportunities for partnership between the two nations. Our team is able to tailor-make the most suitable solution for our clients. In addition to the wide range of services we offer to members and non-members, we support clients by means of personalized trade and investment solutions.

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Event Details

The EU Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Southern Africa (EU Chamber) and Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) will co-host an online business seminar on localisation policy. This will include presentations of recent research from South Africa and internationally on the impact of localisation and import substitution policies.

Event Objectives

  • Present recent research on the impact of proposed localisation and import substitution policies, conducted by Intellidex on behalf of BUSA and Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA).
  • Share lessons on the experience of local content requirements implemented in the renewable energy and manufacturing sectors in South Africa.
  • Highlight relevant experience and lessons from other countries.
  • Provide insight into the link between localisation policy and the investment climate in South Africa.
  • Share the experiences of international investors in South Africa


August 4, 2021

Main Schedule

10:00 AM - 10:05 AM
Welcome by President of the EU Chamber
Rui Marto (Chairman at EU CHAMBER)
10:05 AM - 10:50 AM
Presentation on experience of localisation policy in South Africa
Mr. Peter Attard Montalto, Intellidex
Ms. Lauralyn Kaziboni, DNA Economics
Mr. Peter Leon, Partner & Africa Co-Chair, Herbert Smith Freehills
10:50 AM - 11:05 AM
International Experience with local content requirements
Dr. Phillip Lamprecht, Senior Economist, ECIPE
11:05 AM - 11:15 AM
Localisation and the investment climate - an international investor's perspective
11:15 AM - 11:25 AM
Q & A Session/Participation from Virtual Audience
11:25 AM - 11:30 AM
Final remarks by Cas Coovadia, CEO, BUSA


Lauralyn Kaziboni (Economist at Dnaeconomics)

Lauralyn Kaziboni

Economist at Dnaeconomics

Peter Leon (Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills)

Peter Leon

Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills

Rui Marto (Chairman at EU CHAMBER)

Rui Marto

Chairman at EU CHAMBER

Manuele Battisti (Head of Business Development – Southern Africa at Enel Green Power)

Manuele Battisti

Head of Business Development – Southern Africa at Enel Green Power

Philipp Lamprecht (Senior Economist at European Centre for International Political Economy)

Philipp Lamprecht

Senior Economist at European Centre for International Political Economy

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