Event date: 06 October 2016
Fresh from a trip to London, Chamber patron and British High Commissioner Dame Judith Macgregor offered an inside perspective on the UK’s forthcoming exit from the EU at this business briefing. The event took place in the same week as the Conservative Party Conference. Although the title was Global Britain and South Africa: short term uncertainty, long-term opportunity there was already a little less uncertainty thanks to Prime Minister May’s comments.
Dame Judith Macgregor reminded guests that the UK is still the single biggest investor in South Africa and emphasised the breadth and depth of the relationship between the two countries. The audience – which included members of the Exporters Club Western Cape – heard that the UK will certainly not want any disruption to its current trade relations with South Africa. If anything, South Africa may find there are increased opportunities for non-EU trading partners to Great Britain. A diverse range of questions followed and the lively discussion was testament to the importance of this topic for businesses in the Western Cape.