“Celebrating the Export Excellence of Southern African Brands”
The Second Edition of the Southern Africa Regional Exporters Awards will this year take place on 26 July 2022 at the Boardwalk Convention Centre, Gqeberha, Eastern Cape South Africa showcasing the achievements of the Southern African leading exporters.
Since its inception in 2021 the awards programme has recognized firms in the nine (9) participating countries (Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia) towards achieving sustainable growth, increase export competitiveness, economic integration and grow trade with the USA and between the Southern Africa countries.
The 2022 awards will showcase successful Southern Arica export firms across various
categories which are:·
OF THE YEAR AWARD - SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET
& UNITED STATES MARKET
THE YEAR AWARD – SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET
& UNITED STATES MARKET
PROVIDER OF THE YEAR AWARD
PROMOTION SERVICE PROVIDER OF THE YEAR AWARD
All the participating countries have concluded their Exporter Awards events and one award winner per country will be participating in the Southern African Regional Exporters Awards event. Applicationsare invited from participating countries to nominate or support exemplarybehaviour in all categories.
A full panel ofinternationally experienced judges in the export field have been appointed to assist with the adjudication process. The Adjudication process will be audited by a Professional Auditing Firm.
The Southern African Exporters Awards are a collaboration between the Eastern Development Corporation and the USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub(SATIHub).
The event’s bedrock foundation lies in the realization that Africa’s
economic success and growth does not rest in individuality but in collaborative
efforts and working together through exporting.
The relationship between export and economic growth is gaining momentum with methods being administered that prove how countries accelerate economic growth through increase in exports.
It is aimed at recognizing companies that have thrived and that have helped other companies thrive in exports despite challenges and hardships like the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event zeros into being a true testament of how countries with more open economies and export more will have opportunities to absorb the necessary technologies and innovations.
It is also targeted at awakening export potential within Southern Africa through AGOA which has over the years provided new market opportunities by eliminating barriers to US Trade and Investment and adoption of policies geared towards poverty reduction, protection of human rights, and suppression of corruption and protection of intellectual property rights.
The Southern Africa Regional Exporters Awards Ceremony judging panel is drawn from the private and public sectors comprising of experts with international business experience. All information supplied by each applicant will be treated as strictly confidential with all judges signing an NDA agreement before the process commences. Each category has their specific criteria as outlined in the Categories & Sponsors section.MEET OUR JUDGES
Areas applicants should focus on include:
Export growth achieved and the ability to sustain that growth;
Evidence of sustainable competitive advantage;
Value and contribution to the exporting sector and intention for business expansion or reason for not expanding;
The degree of innovation;
The overall company commitment to international business;
Highlight one key positive step the business has taken towards Sustainable Trade