Published 19 July 2018, by Bheki Mbanjwa   

Durban – The upcoming BRICS Business Council meeting to be held in Durban on Sunday and Monday will not only be used to showcase the province to potential investors, but will also be a platform through which local businesses can interact with their counterparts from other BRICS countries.

The MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala, said the council meeting offered vast opportunities for local businesses to interact with BRICS business council members through various platforms created by the provincial government.

“We have created platforms for our local businesses to interact with business council members. The networking gala dinner to be co-hosted by the premier is one such platform. Also, we encourage our businesses to engage in one-on-one meetings with relevant BRICS companies during their stay in Durban,” said Zikalala.

The 25-member BRICS Business Council, chaired by Sekunjalo chairman Dr Iqbal Survé, meets in Durban ahead of the BRICS Summit to be held in Johannesburg later this month.

Zikalala said the country’s participation in BRICS had increased its profile globally, and has also boosted the tourism sector, with more visitors from BRICS countries visiting our shores.

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