For the economy to grow‚ SA needs to concentrate on growing exports.Sihle Zikalala‚ KwaZulu-Natal’s MEC for economic development‚ tourism and environmental affairs‚ told delegates at Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal’s Export Week at Durban’s ICC on Monday that it was ideal for a country to have a positive trade balance. Export Week, which is in its sixth year‚ is intended to recognise‚ promote and assist with growing export opportunities in the province.KwaZulu-Natal is SA’s second-largest economy, behind Gauteng, contributing on average 16% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The province is strategically positioned by being home to two of Africa’s busiest and largest ports‚ Durban and Richards Bay.Zikalala said Africa’s future hinged on intra-African trade and investment, which has expanded by 42% since 2007‚ led primarily by Kenya‚ Nigeria and SA."While in the late 1990s only 5% of the country’s outbound investment was directed towards Africa‚ that figure increased t...

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