Cambrian College's latest Passport to the World series, Discover South Africa, focused on the business, trade, and tourism sectors of a country that is seeking to develop new infrastructure, and to foster economic development and trade relations with the world. The one-day workshop was held on Oct. 23 at the college's Barrydowne campus.
Cambrian's Passport to the World workshops support the community's internationalization efforts, says Frank Marsh, Cambrian College president.
"Through these one-day workshops, participants, which include local business and industry, are provided with valuable information and advice from industry professionals," Marsh says. "They are a passport to success for companies or individuals who are interested in conducting international business or who want to find out more about the country's culture and its people."
South African high commissioner André Jaquet highlighted the country's revitalized internationalization efforts. "We are emerging from a long period of difficult history," says Jaquet.
"Since the country's democratic elections in 1994, the South African government has stepped up its efforts to consolidate democracy, develop new infrastructure, and to make sure our country has constant economic growth.
"We are organizing as a country and as a continent to develop a new continent-wide plan that will make sure we have constant economic growth and that will enable us to present ourselves to the world as an excellent area for foreign investment and trade."
The high commissioner acknowledged Canada's efforts in South Africa and announced the appointment of Marc Couse, of Chrysalis Consulting and a former director of trade and investment marketing with the MNDM as honourary consul for Northern Ontario.