The Forum enjoys representation from SARS, the dti and Customs at meetings. Topics that are addressed include energy, the electricity crisis, research and development incentives and taxation laws. The Forum keeps an active watch on trade blockages and hurdles with the intention of elevating this to government level. In addition, proposed new legislation is monitored and submissions are made to the government. The Forum fulfils a vital role in monitoring trade issues.
To examine the trade needs of member companies and debate matters of broad interest (e.g. new regulations, proposed trading agreements, logistical matters, trading constraints, security, sustainability, taxes/tariffs, and best practice);
To engage with government and stakeholders related to trade (dti, NEPAD, etc.); and
To benchmark good trade management practice strategies, tactics and operational measures
Richard Zurba has over 23 years of experience assisting companies into the African market. He is the Director of Zurcom International (Pty) Ltd, which presently is the contracted representative for nine US state governments in Africa and six US states in the Caribbean founding the Africa office in 1999 and Caribbean in 2021. Zurcom also represents all four multi-state State Regional Trade Groups (SRTGs) providing support for all 50 US state government departments of agriculture in Africa to support US agricultural exports. Zurcom’s experience includes supporting companies from around the world entering many international markets with a focus on Africa the Caribbean Basin