Proudly SA applauds Absa for commitment to Buy Local, enterprise development and growing local small businesses

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Proudly South African (Proudly SA) is pleased to announce that Absa has once again thrown its weight behind the country’s flagship “Buy Local” event, making Absa, a member of Barclays Africa Group Limited, the premier sponsor of the Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo for the third consecutive year.

The Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo 2016 will focus on productivity and competitiveness with an emphasis on Manufacturing, Agro Processing, Automotive, Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical sectors (“the MAP Program”).

“The Summit and Expo has grown into one of the most significant events on the country’s business calendar and forms part of Proudly SA’s drive to promote local manufacturing and local businesses – and to encourage an increase in the uptake of local goods and services to stimulate the economy and create jobs,” said Proudly SA’s CEO, Adv. Leslie Sedibe.

“We applaud Absa for its commitment to economic growth and job creation in South Africa through its various enterprise development initiatives. By supporting the Proudly SA Buy Local Summit and Expo, Absa has also shown its broader commitment to helping small enterprises and communities achieve their aspirations and make sustainable progress,” added Adv. Sedibe.

The event is set to take place at the Sandton Convention Center on 30 March, 2016. A powerhouse of business leaders, captains of industry, government leaders, entrepreneurs, economists and procurement decision makers are among those who will attend.

KeaObaka Mahuma, Head of Enterprise and Supply Chain Development at Barclays Africa, says: “Absa is delighted to once-again partner with Proudly SA’s “Buy Local” initiative, which is primarily aimed at promoting local manufacturing and businesses. As a responsible corporate citizen, we support and join the call to buy local products and services so that local businesses can prosper, thereby stimulating economic growth and job creation. Supporting the sustainable growth of local businesses, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs) remains a priority for Absa.”

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The Summit and Expo is also an opportunity for government institutions and corporate businesses to access Proudly SA’s member companies as well as other local enterprises and organisations which showcase what South Africa has to offer. Some 150 enterprises – ranging from entrepreneurs to major corporates with local manufacturing bases – will exhibit their locally manufactured goods and services.

“We see the Summit and Expo as an opportunity to facilitate and influence interactions between owners of SMEs and procurement decision makers in corporate South Africa. In so doing, we would be providing SMEs with a platform to access corporate supply chains as new markets for their products and services,” adds Mahuma.

Some 500 delegates are expected to attend the Summit and will also benefit from high-level networking opportunities and discussions around local procurement efforts and the impact of local purchases on the manufacturing sector and job creation.

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Proudly SA CEO, Adv. Leslie Sedibe

“Supporting economic growth and job creation is an integral part of the purpose of this prestigious event. As Proudly SA, it is our core function to promote local manufacturing and local businesses and encourage an increase in the uptake of locally produced products and services. We also encourage members of the public to attend the Expo on 30 March. As a service to the country – and as part of our commitment to the Buy Local philosophy – entry will be free of charge,” said Adv. Sedibe.

Proudly SA hosts the annual event in line with its support for government’s commitments around localization and job creation as well as the New Growth Path and IPAP

Press release courtesy of Buy Local Summit

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