The City of Johannesburg and the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) have launched the 2023 Exporter Development Programme, aimed at helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) export their goods and services.
The programme will provide SMEs with export training, business mentorship, market research, and access to new markets. It is part of the City’s efforts to boost trade and economic growth in Johannesburg.
“The Exporter Development Programme is an important initiative that will help our SMEs to grow their businesses and create jobs,” said Cllr Kabelo Gwamanda, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg. “We are committed to supporting our entrepreneurs to succeed in the global market.”
The programme is open to all SMEs in Johannesburg, regardless of their sector or size. To apply, visit the JCCI website or the following link: https://pol.boaf.cloud/post/1709.
The launch of the Exporter Development Programme comes at a time when South Africa is hosting the BRICS Summit and in April hosted The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). These events present significant opportunities for South African SMEs to export their goods and services to new markets.
“The Exporter Development Programme is a valuable resource for SMEs looking to expand their export footprint,” said Ms. Bernadette Zeiler, CEO of the JCCI. “We encourage all eligible businesses to apply.”
In addition to the Exporter Development Programme, the JCCI also offers a number of other services to help SMEs grow their businesses. These include business advice, training, and networking opportunities.
“The JCCI is committed to supporting the growth of our SMEs,” said Mr. Gwamanda. “We believe that by working together, we can create a more prosperous Johannesburg.”
The importance of export development programmes
Export development programmes are essential in driving trade, especially at a time when South Africa is hosting the BRICS Summit and in April hosted The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
These events present significant opportunities for South African SMEs to export their goods and services to new markets. However, many SMEs lack the knowledge and resources they need to export successfully.
Export development programmes can help SMEs to overcome these challenges by providing them with training, mentorship, and access to market information. They can also help SMEs to navigate the complex bureaucracy involved in exporting.
The importance of belonging to associations and chamber of commerce like the JCCI
In addition to export development programmes, SMEs can also benefit from belonging to associations and chambers of commerce like the JCCI. These organizations can provide SMEs with a number of valuable services, such as:
- Business advice and support
- Training and development opportunities
- Networking opportunities
- Representation to government and other stakeholders
By belonging to an association or chamber of commerce, SMEs can gain access to a wealth of resources that can help them to grow their businesses and succeed in the global market.
If you are an SME looking to export your goods and services, I encourage you to consider applying for the Exporter Development Programme or joining an association or chamber of commerce like the JCCI. These resources can help you to take your business to the next level.