Durban, Tuesday 18 October 2016

Writer: Sibonakaliso Msane

Durban will be a hive of transport-related activity, with events scheduled to take place this week including the Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) Export Week, officially opening this morning, and the Women in Transport to take place later this evening.  The much awaited Exporter of the Year Awards take place on Thursday.  All these events happen in collaboration with the African Ports Evolution conference running over two days, on 18 and 19 October 2016.

Export Week KZN is an annual programme of TIKZN that was developed to recognise, promote and assist with growing KwaZulu-Natal's export businesses and industries. Through a comprehensive programme of activities, it will provide professional development and information on growth sectors and market opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal's new and existing exporters and internationally focused businesses.

Export Week will highlight the significance of exporting to the KwaZulu-Natal economy and will aim to celebrate the success of KwaZulu-Natal exporters. Export Week KZN will be filled with information and networking session of interest for emerging exporters, existing exporters and seasoned exporters.

Sihle Zikalala, MEC for Economic Development Tourism and Environmental Affairs, said: “The KwaZulu-Natal Export Week and Summit, in particular, were developed to boost the profile of KZN’s exporters and to promote exports in general. The Export Week will culminate in the Exporter of the Year Award with the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry in which Transnet and TIKZN are key supporters.”

The one week event opened yesterday with an Exports essential pre-summit seminar. Among other topics to be covered in the various sessions include Global Economics and Implications for KZN; Trade Agreements – Access and Advantages; Trade into Africa Vs Traditional Markets; and The Way Forward for KwaZulu-Natal’s.

In a different but related event, a delegation of Africa’s foremost maritime industry professionals and distinguished thought-leaders will gather, this evening, to recognise women who have made great strides in the transport industry across the continent at the Women in Transport Awards.

According to the awards’ director, Athi Myoli, the platform was created to honour unsung heroines for their outstanding achievements in Africa’s transport sector. The awards will honour executives who have positively contributed to the development of the rail and maritime industry in Africa.

Head of Shipper's Services at Ghana Shippers' Authority, Ms Naa Densua Aryeetey said: “It is indeed a worthy event to recognise women who have contributed immensely one way or the other to the development of African maritime and rail industry”.

The Women in Transport Awards is co-located with the African Ports Evolution and African Rail Evolution Forums and winners will be announced by South African Deputy Minister of Transport, Lydia Sindisiwe Chikunga who is also keynote speaker at the event. 

For the official programme of the African Port Evolution Programme visit