The South African Ambassador and his wife with those attending the event./ Photo: TD
The Diplomat. 13/06/2016
The South African Chamber of Commerce in Spain was officially inaugurated on 9 June, and the event was attended by the secretary of State for Trade, Jaime García-Legaz, and the director general of the South African Corporation of Industrial Development, Geoffrey Qhena.
The event, celebrated at the residence of the South African Ambassador to Madrid, was also attended by around 200 Spanish and South African businesspeople. In their speeches, both García-Legaz and Ohena encouraged Spanish companies to use this chance to keep exploring business opportunities in South Africa.
South Africa’s Ambassador to Spain, Lulama Smuts Ngonyama, encouraged Spanish companies to join the Chamber, “helping so to go more deeply into the bilateral relations between both countries”, points out a statement issued by the Embassy.
The main objective of the new Spanish-South African Business and Cultural Association is to establish a platform that helps companies and potential Spanish investors to identify the opportunities they have in South Africa and in the rest of Southern Africa, and vice versa.
It is also expected that the Chamber contributes to increase trade missions as well as the number of visits made by political delegations between both countries. Besides, it is expected that it acts as a forum for events that facilitates agreements between businesspeople of both countries.
The new Chamber of Commerce, adds the statement of the South African Embassy, “will help increase the number of tourists travelling between Spain and South Africa, taking into account the impact generated by IBERIA’s decision of resuming its flights to Johannesburg in August”.