Companies invited to participate in FILDA

Pretoria - The Department of Trade and Industry (dti) is inviting companies and exporters to apply to participate in the Feira Internacional de Angola (FILDA) taking place in Luanda, Angola, in July.

In a statement on Friday, the dti said interested companies have until 22 April to submit their application forms for the trade fair that will take place from 21 to 26 July.

The main sectors that the international trade fair will focus on include agriculture, automotive components, agro-processing, logistics, infrastructure, and mining and capital equipment.

“The dti will set up a national pavilion at FILDA and will provide financial assistance to qualifying companies through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme to participate and showcase their products at the exhibition with the aim of increasing exports of South African manufactured products to Angola,” said the department.

The objective of the scheme is to develop export markets for South African products and services and to recruit new foreign direct investment into the country.

The assistance offered by the dti will cover exhibition space and booth rental costs, freight-forwarding of display material, as well as daily subsistence allowance and air travel assistance to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and black-owned entities (BOE) only.

Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina said FILDA will expose South African companies to trade and investment opportunities available in Angola and other countries participating in the annual multi-sectoral exhibition.

Last year, nearly 1 000 companies from about 40 countries participated in the exhibition, with more than 50 000 visitors passing through its turnstiles.

“The dti is striving to facilitate economic development through promoting outward investment, intra-Africa trade, regional industrialisation and infrastructure development within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and the rest of Africa.

“FILDA will be a good platform to promote South African manufactured products in the Angolan market and beyond,” the Deputy Minister said.