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13 February 2014 | Gurjit Degun
The South African trade and industry minister Rob Davies has called on the private sector and consumers to “throw its weight” behind the country’s Buy Local Campaign.
Speaking at the Buy Local Summit and Expo in Ekurhuleni, Davies (pictured) said that both companies and consumers need to “make it their business” to promote and buy locally-produced goods.
“If all of us can take decision to buy locally manufactured products, we can create a more positive future for our country in terms of employment opportunities,” he said.
The South African government wants to achieve 75 per cent of local content in procurement.
Davies said local purchasing is one of the tools that the government is putting in place to promote and strengthen industrialisation. Others include amendments to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and the designation of locally-manufactured goods for procurement by government.
“We cannot expect to grow, develop and increase employment as a country if we simply continue to be located in a world economy as producers and exporters of primary products and importers of finished goods,” added Davies.
“Part of efforts to bring transformation in our economy such that it could create sustainable, decent work and address poverty and equality, which are our major challenges, required that we bring a structural change. That is the reason why industrialisation has become the imperative of our government.”