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Focus : Africa
Helping Indian companies do business with Africa
INDIA : India’s Trade with the African Region notched US$ 38.96 Billion in the year 2009-10 (DGCI&S provisional figures) constituting 8.37% share in India’s total trade. Trade with the region has grown at a CAGR of 18.10% from US$ 4.48 Billion in 1996-97.
AFRICA : 54 Countries, 1 billion people, US$ 1.01 Billion of trade. Imports worth US$ 468 billion include Mineral Fuels, Oils, Machinery, Vehicles including Boats, Ships, Aircrafts, Electronics & Electricals, Iron & Steel & Articles thereof, Cereals, Plastics, Pharmaceuticals, etc.

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Country at a Glance
South Africa

Southern Africa

South Africa

Country Head
President Jacob Zuma


49.11 Million (CIA  July 2010 est.)

$504.2bn (2008 est.)

GDP Per Capita
$10,300 (2008 est.)

Main Language


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South Africa is situated at the southern tip of the continent of Africa with a total area of 1,219,912 sq km. The land boundaries stretches to nearly 4,862 km and the costal lines stretches to nearly 2,798 km. South Africa is surrounded by Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

South Africa has nine provinces: Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, North West and Western Cape. Pretoria is the executive capital and Cape Town the legislative capital. Other major cities include Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein and East London. The contribution of each province to the National GDP is given below.

National GDP
South Africa was made into a democracy in the year 1994.Many macroeconomic reforms have boosted competitiveness, growing the economy, creating jobs and opening South Africa up to world markets. Economic growth and prudent fiscal management have seen South Africa's budget deficit (the difference between the government's total expenditure and its total receipts, excluding borrowing) drop dramatically, from 5.1% of GDP in 1993/94 to 0.5% in 2005/06 the second lowest fiscal deficit in the country's history after the 0.1% reached during the gold boom in 1980.In 2006/07, The country posted its first ever budget surplus, of 0.3%.

One of the best prospects for exporters to South Africa is seen in capital goods such as heavy machinery, though opportunity exists in a wide range of consumer products such as electronics equipments and services as well. Some of the other sectors are Electrical/Electronics Power Systems, Telecommunication Services, Aviation, Automotive Parts/Service Equipment, Transportation, Infrastructure and Civil Construction, Franchising, Alternative Energy, Safety/Security Equipment, Pollution Control Equipment, Mining Equipment, Medical Equipment, Telecommunications Equipment and Information Technology.

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South Africa has a well-built financial system, legal system, communications, energy, transport, stock exchange - the JSE Limited which ranks among the top 20 in the world and a modern infrastructure supporting an distribution of goods to major urban centres throughout the entire region. South Africa is ranked 26th in the world in terms of GDP (PPP) as of 2009............Read More



The South African economy is mainly based on private industries and enterprises even though the government participates in many ways. Through the Industrial Development Corporation, the government started and controlled a wide range of public corporations, many relating to industrial infrastructure. ..........Read More





Apex Bodies

Cape Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Chamber of Commerce and Industry - Johannesburg

Western Cape Investment and Trade Promotion Agency

Tshwane Business and Agricultural Chambre


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Trade Fairs

Air Africa Expo

Health Technology Africa

Meetings Africa

Energy 2010: Solutions for Africa


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Useful Information


Department of Trade and Industry:

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Mauritius Times

Ile Mauricie

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