Proudly South African, the country's National Buy Local Campaign, is hosting the 6th Annual Proudly South African Buy Local Summit and Expo on 3rd-4th April 2017 in Sandton Convention Centre,Johannesburg .
The Buy Local message is an enduring call to action for the public and private sectors, businesses, government entities and consumers. The call is to buy local products and services so that local businesses can grow, thereby encouraging economic growth and job creation.
Proudly South African's mandate also includes promoting national pride, patriotism and social cohesion. These efforts include promoting and showcasing local products and services.
The annual Summit, themed “Buy Local – Make it Your Business”, will include discussions around local procurement, job creation and the impact of local purchases on the manufacturing sector. Local procurement has been recognised as a key driver for economic growth and job creation by government, business, labour unions and community constituencies. As part of their commitments to the Local Procurement Accord, signed in October 2011, they’ve committed to sourcing local products and services in designated sectors. Proudly SA therefore sees the annual Summit & Expo as an essential tool to facilitate and influence interaction between small businesses/entrepreneurs and procurement decision makers.
The Summit also serves as a platform for government and business to provide feedback on local procurement efforts and the influence it has on job creation.
This event forms part of Proudly SA’s commitment to sustainable economic growth, job creation and the socio-economic welfare of South Africa.
The Buy Local Summit provides an opportunity for government and corporate businesses to access the Proudly SA member companies, with some 200 exhibitors showcasing their products and services at the Expo.
An estimated 500 delegates will also participate in the Summit, where they will have an opportunity to interact and network with government officials, procurement officers, entrepreneurs and business owners.