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The founding members of the Manufacturing Accelerator Programme (MAP) - ISAH, Rifle-Shot Performance Holdings and SANEC - have signed a memorandum of agreement with the board of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) to promote good manufacturing practices within the country. Through this memorandum of agreement, the parties involved hope that the South African manufacturing industry will once again reach a leadership position in the world summit ranking of manufacturing.

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Our monthly digital newsletter informs you about what is happening, current events, trade missions, cultural developments and business related news. It keeps you up-to-date and is our channel to invite you to register for various relevant events in both the Netherlands, Southern Africa and possibly even between continents using video facilities.

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A very fruitful Dutch Port & Corridor Trade mission from the Netherlands to Johannesburg took place from 24 until 28 June 2013. As a follow-up of this mission, SANEC will facilitate a Port & Corridor Trade mission from South Africa to the Netherlands 25-29 November this autumn.

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21 August 2013

Invest in East London

SANEC (Southern African Netherlands Chamber of Commerce) and the East London IDZ (East London Industrial Development Zone) have signed an agreement in which SANEC is appointed to represent the IDZ in both South Africa and the Netherlands. The new agreement caters to a variety of activities that promote East London IDZ and provide access to the Netherlands, furthermore attracting Dutch investors to the IDZ.

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“Investors that look for growth, economic stability and political stability can find all of that in Angola”, according to Mrs. Maria Luisa Abrantes, director of ANIP, the Angola Investment Agency. After SANEC’s SADC Ambassadors Lunch in May this year, the Editor-in-Chief of Atlantico Weekly interviewed the director of ANIP about the investment opportunities in Angola for Dutch companies.

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The Port of Durban is under pressure to develop new capacity to meet container handling and storage demand. Marc Descoins, Durban dig-out port programme director of Transnet, argues that an increase in demand and the changing nature of the shipping industry are two primary drivers for an additional port in Durban.

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The Clinton Foundation has announced a partnership with the Government of the Netherlands to implement Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) in Malawi and Tanzania. The Government of the Netherlands will invest $3 million to expand the Clinton Development Initiative's (CDI) smallholder farming program, adopted by President Banda in September 2012 as a cornerstone of Malawi's national agriculture strategy.

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Member of the SANEC board PwC joined forces with Wesgro and the City of Cape Town to develop a publication on Cape Town’s Creative Software Design and Development sector. Danie Fölscher (PwC Western Cape): ‘We believe that Cape Town’s innovative spirit and talent fuel the growth potential in this sector globally

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As a follow-up to the visit of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group to the Netherlands on 6 June 2013, SANEC visited the Namibian Port of Walvis Bay on 28 and 29 June 2013 to explore opportunities for Dutch businesses.

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The newly appointed Ambassador to the Embassy of the Netherlands in Harare, Zimbabwe, Gera Sneller, visited the SANEC office in The Hague, to discuss collaboration in order to promote economic and trade relations between Zimbabwe and the Netherlands. SANEC is engaged with a number of Dutch companies who are starting to explore the Zimbabwean market.

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At the 3rd annual Congolese Economic Forum for the EU (Brussels 24 - 25 June 2013) several innovative investment opportunities were presented to the European private sector. SANEC participated in the Forum, allowing for effective knowledge transfer and new market entry contacts for Dutch companies looking to do business in & with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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The South African Ezra Ndwandwe wrote a business report about the differences between the Dutch economy and that of South Africa. She wondered why many more Dutch companies will invade in international markets soon and what makes the Dutch economy successful compared to South Africa.

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