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The logical step in the evolution of most small businesses is to look beyond our borders and begin targeting global markets. However, many intrepid entrepreneurs soon find that taking this vital step is a daunting task and that despite their best efforts, a lack of support means they’re often doomed to fail.
Realising this, the Small Enterprises Development Agency (Seda) launched the fourth Trade Point South Africa (TPSA) Programme in Mpumalanga on Friday 13th August. Speaking at the event Seda CEO Hlonela Lupuwana explained that the TPSA Programme aimed to increase the participation of small enterprises in international trade and provide the vital support that was necessary for them to trade more efficiently.

“Seda has the responsibility to implement and manage the programme in South Africa.As such,we established TPSA through an agreement with the World Trade Point Federation in 2007 and agreed to support the establishment of Trade Point Satellites (TPS) in each of the nine provinces.

“Our current objectives for the programme include: An increase in the participation of small enterprises in international trade and the provision of support to small enterprises to allow them to trade more efficiently; This forms part of our broader aim of ensuring that Trade Points become seen as a ‘one-stop-shop’ where small enterprises can obtain a full set of services relating to trade information and other associated aspects,” Lupuwana elaborated.

Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency CEO, Gijimane Dladla, said;“The launch of this vital new project in our province is key towards providing support to SMMEs seeking to broaden their trade horizons.“We welcome this partnership with Seda as this programme will undoubtedly boost our economic growth by giving these budding entrepreneurs access to global markets via modern technology,as well as the face-to-face support that they so often cannot find.”

The detailed benefits of the programme include the ability to give SMMEs Electronic Trade Opportunities (ETOs),which will allow them to post their own business opportunities online and receive responses from all over the world,while also saving time and money for marketing services.

In addition, it will give SMMEs access to the Global Trade Directory System (GTDS);a comprehensive database providing registered companies with instant global visibility and the opportunity to penetrate new markets. They will also be able to list and search for opportunities;take part in networking initiatives and receive hands-on support throughout the entire trade process.

In addition to the newly opened Mpumalanga branch, there are currently three other South African Trade Points Satellites; namely Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Bay and Durban and Seda is working on establishing more outlets across the country.

Entrepreneurs interested in joining the Trade Point programme can call 013 752 2440.

ISSUED BY   The Small Enterprise Development Agency
CONTACT    Lindokuhle Nkomonde – Manager: Corporate Communications and Media Relations

TEL             012 441 1210
DATE           08 August 2010