Regional Trade Forum

Chairperson:             Johan van Niekerk (Africa Trade Compliance Manager – Cummins Africa)

Vice-Chairperson:    Len van Driel (Manager: Certification, Standards and Regulations: Africa – Caterpillar Africa)

The Forum enjoys representation from SARS, the dti and Customs at meetings. Topics that are addressed include energy, the electricity crisis, research and development incentives and taxation laws. The Forum keeps an active watch on trade blockages and hurdles with the intention of elevating this to government level. In addition, proposed new legislation is monitored and submissions made to government. The Forum fulfils a vital role in monitoring trade issues.

Objectives:

  1. Keeping abreast of trade relations/developments which could impact members.
  2. Dialogue and relationship building with the dti and other relevant government organisations.
  3. Monitoring enforcement and compliance initiatives of government which will impact U.S. business.
  4. Monitoring and communication of Regulatory and Legislative developments which impact members.

Past Speakers have included:

  • Dhiren Vanmali, Governmental Affairs Director at Ford Motor Company Southern Africa, on “Ford’s approach to business in Africa”
  • Duncan Bonnett, Director: Strategy and Business Development, and Ms Liz Whitehouse, Managing Director at Africa House, on an update on trade trends in Southern Africa.
  • Catherine Grant Makokera, Director at Tutwa Consulting, on “Regional Integration Update: Southern and Eastern Africa”
  • Vanessa Adams, Director for the USAID Southern Africa Trade & Investment Hub, on the Trade & Investment Hub and its services for multinationals in Southern Africa
  • Dr Martyn Davies, Managing Director: Emerging Markets and Africa at Deloitte, on Trend for Africa in 2017
  • Pieter Dingemans, National Practice Leader: Trade Credit at Marsh Africa, on “Mitigating the Risks when exporting to Africa”
  • Duane Newman, Managing Director at Cova Advisory & Associates, on an update on incentives programmes in South Africa
  • Philip Wyllie, consultant at the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) on “Logistics and infrastructure in Southern Africa”
  • Jed Michaletos, Chief Officer: Customs & Excise at SARS, and Erich Kieck, Group Executive: Customs Strategy and Policy at SARS, on ‘An update on South African customs”
  • Darryl Bernstein, Partner & Baker McKenzie, on “Trade Compliance in Africa”
  • Brent Omdahl, Senior Deputy Commercial Officer at the U.S. Commercial Service, on Trade Tools to access African markets.
  • Liz Whitehouse, Director at Whitehouse & Associates, and Duncan Bonnet, Director at Whitehouse & Associates, on “Developing corridors in Southern and East Africa: Opportunities, Obstacles and Threats”
  • Matthew Stern, CEO at DNA Economics, on trade in services

Copies of these presentations can be accessed here.

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