Pretoria - A South African business delegation is in Gabon where they are participating in an Outward Trade and Investment Mission (OSIM), said the Department of Trade and Investment (dti) on Tuesday. The investment mission aims to explore trade and investment opportunities and to increase bilateral trade between South Africa and Gabon. The mission is set to span over two Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) countries, namely Gabon and Cameroon from 23 – 27 November.
The CEO of Valotech 228 (a South African railway, signalling and track solutions engineering company), Dorothy Mofomme, said she is looking forward to exploring joint venture opportunities with a company called Setrag in Gabon.

“Setrag is Gabon’s only railway network operator and my objective is to engage with the company to determine how best I can come on board and assist them to overcome their challenges. “It is common knowledge that most developing African countries are experiencing challenges of having an either ageing or redundant rail infrastructure. I am looking forward to engaging the company in order to conduct a needs assessment that will hopefully develop into a joint venture,” said Mofomme. Mofomme said Valotech 228’s strategic selling point includes market penetration and ensuring that there is a transfer of skills to the client in order to guard against total dependency on her company.

Another businessperson who is looking forward to making an impact in Gabon is Robin Mugawazi, the CEO of Gauteng-based Rodecon Engineering. Mugawazi says even though this is his first mission beyond South Africa’s borders, he is positive he will receive favourable reception based on the strength and quality of the services he has to offer. “We provide total mechanical engineering solutions for a variety of jobs and I believe that this flexibility will allow us to service a wide range of customers from small to major enterprises in Gabon,” said Mugawazi. The programme for this mission will include roundtable discussions or breakaways sessions, mini exhibitions and business-to-business meetings. The 23-member business delegation will also participate in the Cameroon Investment Forum from 25 – 27 November. –

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