Event to boost SA-India relations

2012-07-10 15:00

South Africa-India relations are set to be fortified through the Southern African International Trade and International and Exhibition (SAITEX), which takes place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand next week.

The exhibition is now in its 19th year of existence and attracts exhibitors from 35 countries and hosts over 750 exhibitors, as it did in previous years.

The relationship between the two countries dates back to the 1600s, when the Dutch East India Company introduced Indian commodities to the African subcontinent.

Then large numbers of Indian citizens were brought to South Africa to work as indentured labour in KwaZulu-Natal or came voluntarily to start commercial enterprises in this country at the turn of the century.

Said High Commissioner of India Virendra Gupta: “This year is particularly special because we decided to be a partner country with SAITEX.

“India and South Africa have a unique relationship.” The exhibition will focus on the Brics countries and, under the theme “investment and export opportunities,” look at mutually beneficial relationships.

A forum that will give buyers and sellers an opportunity to learn more about the implementation of the Africa Free Trade Agreement – the Brics Africa Export Import Forum – has also been launched.

South Africa’s relations with India have recently been boosted by the admission of South Africa to the economic and political union of a group of emerging market economies comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics).

The exhibition attracts importers, exporters, agents, distributors, wholesalers, supermarket and chains as well as general retailers.
» SAITEX is held from July 15 to 17.

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