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Natural Ingredients Export Strategy to Come Under the Spotlight at a Two-Day Conference

The Natural Ingredients and Cosmetics Products Export Strategy developed by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in partnership with the Centre for the Promotion of Imports (CBI), an agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will come under review at a two-day conference that will be hosted by the dti at the Industrial Development Corporation conference centre in Sandton from 15-16 October 2018.

According to the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Bulelani Magwanishe, the export strategy, which was developed in 2015, is in line with the Industrial Action Policy Plan and the National Growth Path.

“We have been implementing the Natural Ingredients and Cosmetics Products Export Strategy in partnership with our Dutch partners for the past three years. The strategy was aimed at growing the exports of natural ingredients including vegetable and essential oils, improving the competitive of the industry to increase exports, and promoting the transformation and inclusiveness of the sector in order to open up economic opportunities to previously disadvantaged individuals and emerging small businesses,” says Magwanishe.

He adds that the conference will provide a platform for all stakeholders to exchange ideas on progress made through the implementation of the strategy and to review its success as the partnership with CBI comes to an end this year.

The export strategy encourages the production of ingredients that comply with international market requirements and stimulate local value-addition in the production of organic or natural cosmetics products in a business-enabling environment.

“Natural ingredients sectors hold great potential for South Africa. Global cosmetics, health and food markets are growing, in particular for natural products. Consumers in the globe view natural products as safer and healthier alternatives to synthetic ones and manufacturers respond by developing natural products, or including natural ingredients in their formulations.  South African producers supply a broad range of natural ingredients for the cosmetics, health and food sectors,” says Magwanishe.

He emphasises that the South African natural ingredients sector has strong potential to produce natural ingredients, making the sector attractive to invest in.

the dti has worked with CBI to inform companies, investors and policy-makers in South Africa about the potential of South African natural ingredients and how to leverage this potential,” he adds.

Natural ingredients produced in South Africa currently include the following indigenous species such as the aloe ferox, buchu, marula, baobab, honey bush, rooibos and the devil’s claw.

Focus areas of discussion at the conference will include sustainable supply of natural ingredients; manufacturing; legislation and regulations; research development and innovation; and commercialisation.

Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
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Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
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