Maseli Rapuleng, CEO of the Centre for Export Development (CED), presented prestigious awards to some of the standout winners of the inaugural Africa Export Awards at a dazzling ceremony held on November 10, 2023, in Cairo, Egypt.
Rapuleng, in his opening remarks, emphasized the importance of the Africa Export Awards in recognizing and celebrating the exceptional achievements of African businesses on the global stage. He commended the dedication, innovation, and leadership displayed by the award winners, highlighting their substantial contributions to the economic growth of the continent.
Among the recipients of the coveted awards were:
Volkswagen Group South Africa – Manufacturer of the Year: Recognized for its excellence in manufacturing and its significant impact on the automotive industry.
Emmppek Farms – High Potential Exporter Award: Acknowledged for its outstanding contributions to the agricultural sector and its potential for further growth on the international stage.
Asteven Energy – Clean Technology: Honored for its innovative approaches in the field of clean technology, contributing to sustainable development.
Illovo Sugar – Consumer Products: Celebrated for its excellence in producing consumer products and its positive influence on the global market.
Trindiva International – Emerging Exporter: Recognized as an emerging force in international trade, showing promise and potential for future success.
Rapuleng personally handed out the awards, expressing his admiration for the recipients and their commitment to excellence. He emphasized that these companies not only exemplify the diversity and dynamism of African industries but also set new standards for international business excellence.
In his post-ceremony statement, Rapuleng reiterated the CED’s commitment to further enhancing Africa’s export capabilities. He shared that the organization will soon launch a masterclass aimed at increasing individuals’ capacity to foster export growth in Africa. Additionally, strategic plans include a roadshow to strengthen relations with trade missions across the continent.