At the TXF Cape Town conference in October, Kutoane Kutoane, CEO of the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC), spoke to TXF editor-in-chief Jonathan Bell about the corporation’s changing focus and the current push for South African exports, with a greater emphasis on markets across Africa. “Since the ECIC was formed some 16 years ago, we have worked as a traditional export credit agency with the bulk of our emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa,” said Kutoane. “The emphasis placed on our support for South African exports has changed considerably as the country’s industrial sector has changed over the years. Today, we are more focused, and the onus on exporting has become much more important.” Said Kutoane: “The government’s drive to increase industrialisation and job creation throughout the country is something we are heavily supporting in the push to increase capital equipment exports. But at the same time, this industrialisation also goes hand in hand with more tradi...

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