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12 July 2017

South Africa: gate to the African market

PAIH Executive Vice President, Wojciech Fedko headed the workshop dedicated to South Africa - Poland trade cooperation. The meeting was held on 12 July in PAIH, in the occasion of the visit of South African business delegation arranged under the Global Executive Development Programme (GEDP).
“South Africa is the biggest trade partner of Poland in the Africa”, Wojciech Fedko said in his introduction speech. “The trade between the two countries is constantly growing, mostly due to the Go Africa Programme that is run by PAIH”, he added.

Morris Mthombeni: We are also one of the most diverse and promising markets in the world

The South Africa is among the most developed countries in the African continent. “We are also one of the most diverse and promising markets in the world”, explained  Morris Mthombeni, expert of the Gordon Institute who coordinates the GEDP business mission.

"Thanks to the numerous natural resources, well-developed infrastructure and the rapidly growing sector of modern business services and research centres, South Africa offers excellent investment and trade climate for foreign partners, Mthombeni added.

“We look forward to working with South African investors. Poland is a fascinating place and Polish successes in the economy can be a model for others”, argued  Iwona Chojnowska-Haponik, the head of FDI division in PAIH who encouraged African companies to do business in Poland.

Presentation of business opportunities for Polish companies in the South Africa

The trade balance between the two countries has reached $ 865m. According to the data by the Ministry of Development, the largest export volume is generated by machinery accessories. Poland also sell grain, baby accessories and car parts to the South Africa. On the other hand, the South African exports vehicles, leather goods, granite and rods and wires to our country. (PAIH)

Iwona Chojnowska-Haponik, Director of the Department of Foreign Investment, PAIH spoke about Poland's importance in the world

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