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Ports Seminar To Unlock Ocean Economic Opportunities
​The Port of Durban remains a critical pillar of eThekwini’s economy and developments linked to the harbour are set to become a catalyst for the City’s economic growth.

As part of efforts to highlight opportunities and exploit the Port’s potential, the eThekwini Municipality will host the first 2015 quarterly Economic Development and Growth Seminar in eThekwini (EDGE) on Thursday, 19 February 2015 at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The seminar will be held in partnership with the Economies of Regions Learning Network and the focus will be on the competitiveness of the Port of Durban and the logistics sector in order to position the eThekwini region as the gateway to Southern Africa.

Deputy Mayor and Chairperson of the Economic Development and Planning Committee Nomvuzo Shabalala said the National Development Plan has identified the ocean economy as crucial in growing the country and City’s economy.

“The aim is to try to discover innovative and strategic ways of attaining the National Development Plan target therefore ensuring port success and growth is a critical part of the City’s economic strategy,” she said.

The seminar will be addressed by international advisor and expert on ports Jamie Simpson, Trevor Jones of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Irvindra Naidoo of Transnet.

The seminar will cover a number of themes around port efficiency and how it supports industrialisation, the role of the port in global supply chain and how investment decisions are made globally, how to position Durban as a central hub and to look at the role of ports in stimulating economic growth and as a key enabler for business.

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the seminar.
DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
DATE: Thursday, 19/02/2015
TIME: 07H30 – 13H00
VENUE: Presidential Business Club 1, Moses Mabhida Stadium

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Issued by the eThekwini Municipality’s Head of Communications, Tozi Mthethwa.

For more information contact Thabo Mofokeng on 0313114820 or 0827317456 or email: thabo1.mofokeng@durban.gov.za or Gugu Mbonambi on 0313114855 or email: gugu.mbonambi@durban.gov.za
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