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28 Mar 2024 • SheTrades

SheTrades Mauritius Hub Hosts Delegation of 30 Women-Led Businesses from South Africa – March 26th to 28th, 2024

As part of its strategy to strengthen business collaboration SheTrades Mauritius hub recently hosted a delegation of 30 women-led enterprises from South Africa. During their visit, the delegation, led by Ms. Liya Cherian representing the Small Enterprise Development Agency and serving as the host for the South African SheTrades hub explored the potential trading opportunities between South African and Mauritian entrepreneurs.

The business delegation comprised companies spanning a diverse array of subsectors, including textile and apparel, food processing, cosmetic manufacturing, and ICT services. The 3-day event included a workshop, networking sessions, and site visits.

This initiative underscores the commitment to promoting women’s economic empowerment and strengthening partnerships between both countries within the business landscape. The workshop held on 26th March 2024, under the theme “Mauritius Your Next Door Partner for Business,” drew the participation from approximately 60 businesses.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Ken Poonoosamy, Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Board, emphasized the strong bilateral economic relations between both countries, citing South Africa as a key export market and the second-largest source of Foreign Direct Investment for Mauritius. He acknowledged the pivotal role played by women-led businesses in the country’s economic development and highlighted the government’s support to encourage their growth.

Her Excellency Dr. Hlamalani Nelly Manzini, High Commissioner of South Africa in Mauritius, emphasized the importance of empowering women entrepreneurs and their invaluable contribution to society. She referenced Nelson Mandela’s advocacy for the prosperity of women, underscoring the importance of fostering their economic empowerment.

Mrs. Rooma Narrainen, Head of Advocacy at the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry underscored the growing presence of women entrepreneurs across various sectors of the Mauritian economy. She also emphasized the Chamber’s commitment to supporting women-led enterprises through trade facilitation initiatives.

Delegates were provided with valuable insights into conducting business in Mauritius, covering trade and investment prospects, banking services, export protocols, and trade facilitation measures. Representatives from Economic Development Board, the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Mauritius Revenue Authority, and the Bank of Mauritius shared their expertise on these topics.

The B2B sessions were mutually beneficial for Mauritian and South African entrepreneurs, fostering enriching exchanges. Notably, companies such as Roska Artisan Ice Cream, specializing in the production of eggless premium bio ice cream and working with European companies, were keen on exploring collaborative ventures with local entrepreneurs.

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