Western Cape Municipal Workshop promoting tourism, trade, investment and film

Today, Wesgro enters the second day of their annual municipal engagement in Caledon, in the Cape Overberg District Municipality. The two-day workshop’s main objective is to better understand the role that municipalities across the Cape play in promoting tourism, trade, investment and film.

The first day of the workshop  was attended by more than 10 mayors, with representation from the municipalities of Saldanha Bay, Langeberg, Cape Winelands, Theewaterskloof, Cape Agulhas, Overstrand, Overberg, Swellendam, Oudtshoorn and  Hessequa. Attendees also included municipal managers, local economic development  managers and mayoral committee members.

The Minister of Economic Opportunities,  Alan Winde, commented in his opening address that the Western Cape  currently has the lowest unemployment rate in South Africa. “Sound governance,  red tape reduction and radically doing our jobs is what will take our province  to the next level.”

Proceedings included key heads of department  addressing delegates on what services they can offer to assist the different  regions.  Further to this, each mandate hosted  a panel discussion around a key issue faced by the industry.

Bringing in industry specialists from  Cape Town and the Western Cape to give input and stimulate discussion around  these issues, topics included:

  • Export Promotion  as a Key Driver for Economic Development – Challenges and Opportunities for the  Western Cape
  • Driving growth in  the time of the drought
  • Business Tourism:  Incentive travel and corporate meetings – How can your region benefit from this  sector and are you ready for this market
  • Leisure Tourism:  Being Halal Tourism ready in the Western Cape
  • Film & Media  Promotion: Defining and working towards film friendly locations
  • Investment  Promotion: Investment climate around primary agriculture and agro-processing

The day’s proceedings closed with an  open dialogue where each municipal region had the opportunity to publicly express  areas they require assistance with. Actions to be taken by the agency will be presented today, with feedback from the heads of department on what  the ‘Next Steps’ will be.

“The main objective of the workshop is  to collectively find ways that we can grow the local economies of the Western Cape. The workshop  is intended to break down barriers, provide a safe and open space for dialogue  and provide us with insight into how we, Wesgro as the official Tourism, Trade  and Investment Promotion Agency of the province, can help the regions develop  further.”

The evening was concluded with an address by the MEC for Finance, Dr Ivan Meyer, who addressed the gathering on the topic of “Global connections with local actions: Economic Diplomacy, Trade and Investment”. He also announced that the 2019 Municipal Workshop will be hosted in Mossel Bay.

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