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October 25, 2006 - Africa Opportunity - Pre-Mission Trip October 2006

Thursday October 12th - Cape Town

  • Meeting with Mr. Mansoor Mohamed - Executive Director for Economic & Social Development for the City of Cape Town.

Mr. Mohamed committed his full support to make the mission a success for everyone. One of the sectors that has great opportunities in Cape Town is ICT (Information Communications Technologies).

Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Mansoor Mohamed, Executive Director for Economic & Social Development for the City of Cape Town

Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Mansoor Mohamed, Executive Director for Economic & Social Development for the City of Cape Town

  • Meeting with the Executive Mayor of Cape Town, Ms. Helen Zille.

Mayor Helen Zille committed her full support for the trade mission. Ms. Zille also requested a proposal for a Sister City agreement between Cape Town and Fort Lauderdale.

Friday, October 13th - Cape Town

  • Meeting with Dr. Gerald Wolman, Chairman for the International Trade Forum and Ms. Narieman Solomon, Business Information Officer, The Cape Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Wolman and Ms. Solomon were pleased to hear about the trade mission and committed their full support. Dr. Wolman requested that we arrange for involvement of the Rotary Club in Cape Town and Fort Lauderdale.

  • Meeting with Nils Flaatten, acting CEO of WESGRO.

Mr. Flaatten outlined some of the needs and opportunities in Cape Town. He put special focus on the aerospace industry. Mr. Flaatten asked DMNI to start negotiations with NASA to select a South African to go to space.

Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Nils Flaatten, acting CEO of WESGRO

Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Nils Flaatten, acting CEO of WESGRO

  • Meeting with Mr. Luzuko Mdunyelwa, Director for External Relations for the City of Cape Town

Mr. Luzuko will do everything in his power to assist us in planning and organizing a successful trade mission.

Mr. Luzuko Mdunyelwa, Director for External Relations for the City of Cape Town- Mr. Bernhard Schutte

Mr. Luzuko Mdunyelwa, Director for External Relations for the City of Cape Town - Mr. Bernhard Schutte

Monday, October 16th - Johannesburg

  • Meeting with Mr. Keith Brebnor (CEO); Ms. Nada Reyneke, Head of International Trade; Ms. Liz Mitchell, Head of Information Centre, Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Mr. Brebnor and his team are very enthusiastic about assisting their members to match up with American companies. The chamber will research opportunities in Johannesburg. The One opportunity identified already is the Security Sector (airport/port scanners)

Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Keith Brabnor, CEO of Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry - Ms. Liz Mitchell, Head of Information Centre

 Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Keith Brabnor, CEO of Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce & Industry - Ms. Liz Mitchell, Head of Information Centre

Tuesday, October 17th - Johannesburg

  • Meeting with Mr. Xolile George, Executive Director for Economic Development, City of Johannesburg

Mr. George and his team committed their full support to assist us in bringing a successful trade mission to Johannesburg. Some opportunities identified by Mr. George and his team are ICT (Information Communications Technologies) and tourism.

Mr. Thokozani Thwala, Investment Facilitation and BEE Portfolio - Mr. David J. Van Niekerk, Program Manager: Joburg 2030 - Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Xolile George, Executive Director for Economic Development

 Mr. Thokozani Thwala, Investment Facilitation and BEE Portfolio - Mr. David J. Van Niekerk, Program Manager: Joburg 2030 - Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Xolile George, Executive Director for Economic Development

  • Meeting with Ms. Luanne Grant, Executive Director, American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa

Ms. Grant was very supportive in identifying opportunities in South Africa. She identified the Educational Sector to have huge opportunities. Ms. Grant offered to speak to the delegation about challenges and solutions when entering the South African Market.

Ms. Luanne Grant, Executive Director, Amcham - Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Ms. Tongila Manly, Managing Director, Enterprise Florida Southern Africa

Ms. Luanne Grant, Executive Director, Amcham - Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Ms. Tongila Manly, Managing Director, Enterprise Florida Southern Africa

  • Meeting with US Commercial Service: Ms. Pamela Ward, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer; Mr. Johan van Rensburg, Commercial Specialist

Ms. Ward and Mr. van Rensburg were most helpful in identifying the needs and opportunities and South Africa. They said that they will support this mission where ever possible. Some of the opportunities identified include Aerospace, Defense, Safety and Security, and Water & Environmental Technologies.

Mr. Johan van Rensburg, Commercial Specialist - Ms. Pamela Ward, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer - Mr. Bernhard Schutte

Mr. Johan van Rensburg, Commercial Specialist - Ms. Pamela Ward, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer - Mr. Bernhard Schutte 

  • Meeting with Mr. Smuts L. Ngonyama, Speaker of the House, ANC. We visited Mr. Ngonyama in his private residence.

Mr. Ngonyama was pleased to hear about the trade mission. He will be the Chairman for the mission in South Africa. Mr. Komani will coordinate the planning for the mission in South Africa.

Mr. Smuts L. Ngonyama, Speaker of the House, ANC - Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Blacky Komani

Mr. Smuts L. Ngonyama, Speaker of the House, ANC - Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Blacky Komani 

Wednesday, October 18th - Gaborone

  • Meeting with Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, CEO of BEDIA

Ms. Masire-Mwamba is fully supportive of the mission. In fact Ms. Masire-Mwamba will visit Florida beginning of 2007 to start the process of opening a BEDIA office in Florida. BEDIA will promote and the support the trade mission as much as possible.

Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, CEO of BEDIA

Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, CEO of BEDIA

Thursday, October 19th - Gaborone

  • Meeting with Mr. Blackie Marole, Managing Director of Debswana, Botswana De Beers partner.

Mr. Marole is supportive of the mission and is looking forward to explorer possible business opportunities with the incoming delegation.

Mr. -Blackie- Marole, Managing Director of Debswana - Mr. Bernhard Schutte

Mr. Blackie Marole, Managing Director of Debswana - Mr. Bernhard Schutte

Friday, October 20th - Gaborone

  • Meeting with Her Excellency Katherine H. Canavan, Ambassador of the United States to Botswana; Mr. Philip R. Drouin, Deputy Chief of Mission; and Mr. James Hogan, Commercial Officer

Ambassador Canavan and her team are most supportive of the trade mission and will assist us in identifying needs and opportunities in Botswana. Sectors identified already include, Energy, Education, Information Communication Technologies, and Logistics.

Mr. Philip Drouin, Deputy Chief of Mission -
Her Excellency Katherine H. Canavan, Ambassador of the United States to Botswana -
Mr. B. Schutte - Mr. James Hogan, Commercial Officer

  • Meeting with His Honor President of Botswana Festus Mogae

Mr. Schutte briefed the President of Botswana about the incoming trade mission.

Bernhard Schutte - Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, CEO of BEDIA - Mr. Festus Mogae, President of Botswana

Bernhard Schutte - Ms. Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, CEO of BEDIA - President of Botswana Festus Mogae

  • Meeting with Minister Neo. Moroka, Minister of Trade and Industry; Mr. Gaylard Kombani, Deputy Permanent Secretary

Minister Moroka will work close together with DMNI to make the trade mission most successful.

Hon Neo. Moroka, Minister of Trade and Industry - Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Gaylard Kombani, Deputy Permanent Secretary

Hon. Neo. Moroka, Minister of Trade and Industry - Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Mr. Gaylard Kombani, Deputy Permanent Secretary

Sunday, October 22nd -  Washington, DC

  • Meeting with the Botswana Ambassador to the USA, His Excellency Caesar Lekoa, Debriefing.

Mr. Schutte briefed Ambassador Lekoa about the successful pre-mission trip to Botswana. The Ambassador is fully supportive of the trade mission. He and the Ambassador of South Africa will come to Florida to publicly announce and promote the trade mission.

Mr. Bernhard Schutte - Botswana Ambassador to the USA, His Excellency Caesar Lekoa

Mr. Bernhard Schutte and His Excellency Caesar Lekoa, Botswana Ambassador to the USA

The website for the AfricaOpportunity mission to southern Africa will be up soon and will provide more details about the upcoming mission. http://www.africaopportunity.com

 

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