Promoting Women’s inclusion in Export Trade by Sector
Three of the ﬁve TFSA priority sectors are traditionally dominated by women entrepreneurs. By supporting trade and export in these sectors, women will consequently enjoy more opportunities to grow their businesses. Read more to learn if your business and products are included or could be included in our high-potential sectors export.
- All exhibit a solid commercial base with signiﬁcant presence of export-ready companies that require technical assistance to grow exports.
- Three (condiments and high speciality foods, cosmetics and natural ingredients, and fruits, nuts and vegetables) are traditionally women-dominated. As such, TFSA’s technical cooperation is expected to significantly impact women’s inclusion in the overall export trade in the region. The two primarily male-dominated sectors (aquaculture and green technology) present an opportunity to challenge the existing gender bias by increasing the visibility and participation of women in these innovative and rapidly growing sectors.
- All revealed regional synergies with shared interests and commodities shared by countries across the region. For instance, in the cosmetics and natural ingredients sector, other natural products such as marula and moringa were identified to be of high value in more than one country. And, in terms of common interests, challenges in complying with sector-speciﬁc international standards and regulatory requirements tended to be similar across the board.
- Navigating and accessing information to the necessary steps, processes and logistics involved in exporting, and identifying potential target export markets.
- Ensuring compliance with often complex regulations and standards of export markets that vary across sectors and countries/regions. In some cases, COVID-19 has resulted in revised statutes, which present further challenges.
- Locally available testing and certiﬁcation practices do not always meet international standards. Similarly, access to packaging and labelling that meet regulations, particularly for food and cosmetics, is a challenge for many companies.
- Ensuring correct classiﬁcation – particularly for cosmetics and condiments where ingredients can also be classiﬁed as pharmaceutical products – is critical in understanding import tariﬀs but can be diﬃcult to navigate.
- Poorly deﬁned, or a complete lack of sector-wide product deﬁnitions and strategies hamper the eﬀective branding of specific product groups.
- Smaller businesses lack suﬃcient access to information on the various public and private initiatives and resources countries have in place to support export growth.
- For women entrepreneurs and business leaders, socio-cultural issues remain a significant barrier to participating fully in export trade.
- Providing targeted sector- speciﬁc technical capacity-building support that will primarily be tailored to respond to the needs of women entrepreneurs and business leaders.
- Working through BSOs, facilitate and strengthen B2B market linkages between SACU+M suppliers and buyers in targeted regional and international markets.
- Developing tools and resources that help businesses and compliance institutions better understand and implement the appropriate measures to meet compliance requirements.
- Bridging gaps between entrepreneurs and business networks with existing resources and/or programmes supporting export growth to enhance the impact of the aforementioned activities.
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- Read our TFSA Digests for current and sector-specific information and opportunities.