New Delhi: South Africa on Wednesday invited Indian business persons, mainly women entrepreneurs, to collaborate with their counterparts in sectors like gems and jewellery and agro-processing to boost economic ties.
"We want business persons, particularly women, from both the countries to collaborate in sectors like furniture, mining, gems and jewellery, crafts and agro-processing," South African Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Elizabeth Thabethe said at a function organised by Ficci Ladies Organisation here.
The South African Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, who is on a ten-day visit to India, is heading a government delegation.
The delegation will visit three more cities - Kerala, Chennai and Mumbai - this week to study India's success in small business development.
Thabethe also called upon Indian businessmen to take advantage of huge opportunities available in her country.
"We encourage Indian companies to come to our country, invest and set up operations. We believe in a balanced type of relationship so that it can be a win-win situation for both the countries," she said.
"There are Indian companies that come to South Africa to buy raw-material. But we are asking them to do value-addition to them and then sell them so that it benefits both the countries," she said while emphasising on the scope for technology collaboration.
The bilateral trade between India and South Africa crossed the USD 11 billion mark in 2010-11.


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