Johannesburg - The South African government has confirmed that 25 companies from that country will take part in the Africa Down Under (ADU) conference in Perth, Australia, from 4-6 September 2019.
ADU was introduced in 2003 to raise awareness of Australia’s interests in African mining and energy.
According to South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry, the 17th edition of ADU will be attended by 25 firms drawn from the mining, technology, capital equipment, steel fabrication and steel tubing, engineering and electro-technical equipment sectors.
Deputy Minister, Fikile Majola, said the ADU event was the world’s leading gathering for companies and organisations in mineral exploration and mining services.
Majola added that ADU had grown to become the largest African-focused mining event outside the continent.
“It will provide a perfect platform for our business people to showcase their products, services and expertise and interact with other business people from across the globe. ADU is also an excellent source of information on future mining projects in Africa and elsewhere,” he said.
According to the deputy minister, the companies were chosen from among more than 850 entities which the department committed to fund this financial year to help them explore export markets.
He hoped that the initiative would help South African companies secure international markets and “increase their production,” which in turn would lead to job creation.
“We are optimistic that this mission will create more market entry opportunities for South African value-added products and services into Africa, Oceania and beyond.”
Bilateral trade between South Africa and Australia rose from R21 billion in 2013 to R28 billion in 2018, with the balance in favour of Australia.
In the Asian region, Australia was South Africa’s 7th export partner and 5th import partner in 2018.
While primarily aimed at the mining industry, the event will also be beneficial to education and research, health and safety, engineering, as well as transport and logistics.
Since the inaugural conference in 2003, ADU has assembled the best success stories from across Africa, and continues to demystify the notion that doing business in Africa is “too hard”. ADU has since become the must attend event for those planning to invest in projects in Africa, who already have projects in Africa; or those interested in doing business in Africa.
In addition to creating a melting pot for pro Africa-Australia relations, ADU forms the principal pillar of Africa Week, Australia’s week long celebration of the strong and growing business, social and cultural ties between Australia and the entire African continent.
Africa Week comprises a full week of satellite events on research, education, infrastructure, sustainable development, capacity building, energy, movies and the arts.