Manufacturing is the country's fourth largest industry, contributing 14% to the gross domestic product (GDP) in South Africa. The sector of food and beverages is the largest component of South Africa's manufacturing industry, closely followed by the petroleum and chemicals products component, motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment and a third place goes to basic iron and steel. These three industries alone make up almost 70% of the total manufacturing industry of South Africa. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the output produced, with demand declining consistently, during lockdown period.

International relations remain key for the success of the manufacturing industry in South Africa, and to secure supply chains and demand for South African products. To remain resilient, the industries will have to re-think, launch new products and services, create new skills to manage complexity and variability, improving processes, introducing IT solutions and searching for new sales channels.


This webinar focuses on unpacking the challenges and opportunities of the Manufacturing Industries in South Africa, and exploring possible forms of collaboration between Italian and South African entities to establish mutual benefits. The Webinar will also present a platform for discussion and further engagement on a B2B basis with African counterparts on the 9th and 10th September 2020 at the Africa B2B expo.

Agenda

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10

10AM

Wecoming remarks

Paolo Cuculi

Introduction by the Italian Embassy of Pretoria

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10AM

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10

30AM

Department of Trade and Industry support to FDI

Joseph Senona

the work of the DTIC and incentives for collaboration between European and South African entities in the Manufacturing space”

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30AM

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10

50AM

CSIR support to the Manufacturing sector

Martin Sanne

Rethinking Trade and the Manufacturing sector in South Africa – Challenges and Opportunities for International Collaboration after 2020”

10

50AM

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11

00AM

11

10AM

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11

30AM

Speakers

  • Paolo Cuculi (Italian Ambassador at Italian Embassy of Pretoria)

    Paolo Cuculi

    Italian Ambassador at Italian Embassy of Pretoria

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  • Pamina Bohrer (Secretary General at Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries)

    Pamina Bohrer

    Secretary General at Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries

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  • Martin Sanne (Executive for Manufacturing CSIR - Ambassador for the World Manufacturing Forum)

    Martin Sanne

    Executive for Manufacturing CSIR - Ambassador for the World Manufacturing Forum

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  • Joseph Senona (Chief Director: Export Promotion of DTIC)

    Joseph Senona

    Chief Director: Export Promotion of DTIC

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  • Liz Hart (Managing Director of SIYENZA MANAGEMENT (PTY) LTD)

    Liz Hart

    Managing Director of SIYENZA MANAGEMENT (PTY) LTD

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