South Africa asks Kuwaiti companies to invest in tourism

South African officials on Monday called on Kuwaiti companies and business sector to invest in their country’s tourism sector. The calls were made by Shamila Tashteer, deputy director general of the National Department of Tourism in South Africa, and South African Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Mzolisa Bona, during a meeting at Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

Tashteer said the purpose of her visit is to promote the tourism sector in South Africa, hoping that it would be the start of economic relations between both sides in the tourism sector. South Africa has a population of 55 million, including a large Muslim community, geographical location, a large coastline and six international airports, showing huge tourism potential, she noted.

Meanwhile, South African Ambassador to Kuwait Mzolisa Bona said that the embassy pursues to hold economic events aimed at offering opportunities for investment partnerships between the private sector in Kuwait and the Republic of South Africa. This meeting was devoted to the offering of huge tourism projects, and calling on Kuwaiti companies to establish tourism investment projects in South Africa, Bona added. On his part, Assistant Director General at the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry Imad Al-Zaid said that the meeting was an “excellent opportunity” for the Kuwaiti private sector to learn about opportunities in the tourism sector and establish investment partnerships with South Africa’s private sector. Volume of trade exchange between both countries reached Us$125 million in 2017, he said, calling for increasing this figure.