The conference programme will include plenary sessions as well as breakaway debate sessions to unpack and encourage active participation at the event. The 2018 programme and themes will be available shortly. Although South Africa’s manufacturing output rose 2.2 percent year on year in volume terms in May 2014, more needs to be done to eliminate obstacles local manufacturers have had to face to remain competitive with their counterparts in other countries.
Drivers such as innovation, costs of labour and materials, supplier networks, economy and trade, infrastructure and government investments all play a role in increasing global competitiveness.
According to Deloitte’s recent Manufacturing Competitiveness Report there are major challenges that undermine South Africa’s competitiveness. South Africa is in the bottom 20% with regard to the quality of its education system, the business cost of crime and violence, HIV prevalence and labour market efficiency.
A country’s competitiveness needs to be led, directed and facilitated by national government in partnership with the private sector. Greater collaboration between government and the private sector is required, but so too is collaboration within the private sector.
The Manufacturing Indaba with its strategic partners, the dti and the Manufacturing Circle, will provide a platform to highlight challenges and issues that are impacting the South African manufacturing industry currently, and will set out to seek innovative ideas to create local market attractiveness and move the industry forward over the next 5 years.
The event will be a two-day conference and showcase exhibition hosted in the heart of Sandton.