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Business: SA to Promote the Export of it's Services to the World


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All eyes will be on South Africa when the country hosts the International Trade Centre’s high-profile Service Exporter Network (SEN) annual meeting and conference from 12 – 15 November 2008 in Gauteng.

This is the first time that the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) – a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations – is holding this important meeting outside Europe.

It will be collaboratively hosted in South Africa by the ITC, the national Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and the City of Joburg, with additional support being provided by the International Marketing Council (IMC) and Johannesburg Tourism.

The SEN meeting will profile South Africa as a services-focused economy, by showcasing its efficient, capable and competitive services to trade organisations from the 40 countries participating in the event, which is by invitation only

All participants in this event have a common purpose – to promote and understand service exports. This provides South Africa with a unique opportunity to position its services sector in the minds of these influential individuals and to give companies the opportunity to showcase their skills and service offerings.

South Africa was chosen to host the prominent SEN meeting due to its high potential services sector. It is a champion of the emerging market, with well-developed financial, legal, communications, education and transport industries as well as modern infrastructure supporting the efficient distribution of goods to major urban centres throughout the region.

Identified as a key driver of economic growth, the services sector is also one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. The South African Reserve Bank estimates that the service trade grew 56% between 2002 and 2006 alone.

I have enclosed a press release for your favourable consideration, as well as a photograph. If you would like to receive further information regarding the programme, or if you would like to arrange an email or telephonic interview with Mr. Emmanuel Emmanuel Barreto, Senior Advisor on Trade in Services at the ITC, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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