SA to share World Cup expertise with Brazil

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Pretoria - A South African delegation, comprising the Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and at least 30 companies, are headed for Brazil, the next FIFA World Cup host, where they will share expertise in infrastructure projects.

As part of handing over its role as host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, South Africa will engage in knowledge sharing with Brazil with regards to World Cup infrastructure projects, including airport infrastructure and the construction of the stadia.

The delegation will participate in the Investment and Trade Initiative (ITI), from 17 to 20 November.

Davies said the ITI will facilitate the involvement of South African companies in the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics programme.

"The 2014 World Cup presents immense opportunities for SA entities to forge partnership in various infrastructure projects and South Africa having organised and staged a successful 2010 World Cup has a legacy to transfer to Brazil," Davies said.

He added that the event will also be a platform to showcase South African goods and services and promote South Africa as an investment destination.