Invest NI adds South Africa to its international network

Sep 12, 2017
Pictured during a trade mission to South Africa and Nigeria are (L – R) Steve Harper, Invest NI, and Emma Wade Smith OBE, UK Trade Comissioner for Africa.

Invest Northern Ireland is increasing its international presence with a new Regional Manager in Johannesburg to help drive exports and promote investment and Northern Ireland Education in Sub Saharan Africa.

Making the announcement Steve Harper, Invest NI Executive Director of International Business said: “The appointment in South Africa is part of our plans to expand our overseas network by up to 10 new locations around the world. This is in support of the International Trade Plan announced by former Economy Minister Simon Hamilton.

The countries of Sub-Saharan Africa represent real opportunities for Northern Ireland and South Africa is one of the main focus countries. The Regional Manager will provide expert advice and guidance to help companies win new business in these markets, as well as seeking new investment and promoting both universities.

- Steve Harper, Invest NI

“The Regional Manager will be co-located with the UK Department for International Trade, based in the British High Commission in Johannesburg. The countries of Sub-Saharan Africa represent real opportunities for Northern Ireland and South Africa is one of the main focus countries. The Regional Manager will provide expert advice and guidance to help companies win new business in these markets, as well as seeking new investment and promoting both universities.”

This the sixth location to be announced as part of Invest NI’s commitment to expand its international presence to help companies to grow exports.

“Northern Ireland companies, including Terex Finlay and CDE Global are just two examples of businesses already successfully exporting to South Africa and the wider Sub-Saharan region”, added Steve, who is leading an Invest NI trade mission of 10 companies to South Africa and Nigeria.

The five day trade mission will focus on Johannesburg and Lagos and includes some of Northern Ireland’s leading materials handling companies and companies from the food sector.

“I will also be taking the opportunity to meet with the new UK Trade Commissioner for Africa at the Department for International Trade, Emma Wade-Smith OBE, and the new British High Commissioner to South Africa, Nigel Casey MVO. I am keen to discuss their respective strategies and how Northern Ireland can benefit from their wider network of offices and support to access some of the more challenging markets across Africa”, added Steve.

Companies participating on Invest NI’s trade mission include Mallaghan Engineering, Maximus Crushing & Screening, OBE Waste & Agri Engineering, Linwoods, Evoquip, M&M Refractories, Powerscreen, The Savile Row Company, Spill Assist Ltd and Tesab Engineering Ltd.

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