Distell Is A Proud Sponsor Of Agri-Business And Eco-Tourism Forum, Angola-South Africa

Co-Hosted by AIPEX, CACIAAS and Cape Media Corporation Cape Town International Convention Centre 26 & 27 September 2019

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With less than two months to go, the countdown has officially begun for the inaugural Agri-Business and Eco-Tourism Forum, Angola-South Africa, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) on 26 and 27 September 2019.

Co-Hosted by the Angola Private Investment Agency and Promotion of Exports (AIPEX) and the Angola South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACIAAS), the inter-continental event is all set to promote trade and investment in southern Africa. 

Distell, South Africa’s leading producer of wines, ciders and alcoholic beverages, has committed to support the event in terms of a sponsorship.

Distell Angola’s Managing Director, Filipe Barros, says Distell has been operating successfully in Angola for the past 20 years and when AIPEX and CACIAAS started talks about hosting a conference that would promote and facilitate foreign private investment and future business relationships between Angola and South Africa, it was a no-brainer that the wine and alcoholic beverages giant would throw its weight behind the event.

“Distell started off doing business in Angola by sending containers with small quantities to the country. Over the years we kept on improving the business and growing it and in 2007 we set up a commercial office. We are creating jobs, growing the local economy by sourcing local raw materials, packaging materials and we are transferring know-how, thus also helping the national GDP. Our objective at the moment is to establish a factory and to start local production.

“Angola is a good market and we have done very well in the country. Our brands are known. What Angola has going for it is the fact that the GDP is good. This, combined with a strong buying power, strong demographics and a varying population, makes it a good space to invest in,” says Barros. 

According to him, it is important for investors to note that, since the new leadership has taken over the country, the new milieu allows for more connectivity and networking, which is good for doing cross-border business. 

Barros challenges other South African companies, especially those operating in Angola, to fully support the upcoming conference as he believes that any form of support to promote and facilitate foreign private investment, especially for agri-business and eco-tourism projects, will be of benefit to all role players.

Robert Arendse, MD for Cape Media Corporation (CMC), the event organisers, says this is exciting times for trade and investment between the two countries.

“This is the right time for South African companies interested in doing business in Angola to reach out. Supporting the success of this high-level conference in any way possible should be the first step in that direction,” says Arendse.

Parties who are interested in supporting the event in terms of sponsorships, can contact Venesia Fowler at venesia@capemedia.co.za.

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