22.10.2012Swiss Business Mission to South AfricaYou are hereEventsBioAlps eventsSwiss Business Mission to South Africa
Johannesburg and Cape Town: October 22th to 26th 2012.
The Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG), the Office for Promotion of
Industries and Technologies (OPI) and the OSEC are organizing an economic mission to South
Africa, focused on the Cleantech, ICT, Industrial Engineering and Life Sciences sectors, in partnership
with Swiss-African Business Circle (SABC).
This trip will combine visits of South African government’s relevant ministries and companies, networking
receptions with Swiss consulates, local Chambers of Commerce and professional associations, and also
one-to-one meetings organized on the basis of the participants’ predetermined objectives. Finally, the mission will also include presentations by local professionals on the social, legal and cultural aspects of doing business in South Africa.
Diagnostics is potentially an important sector for development. There is a relatively high proportion of diseases for which effective treatment and diagnostic procedures are essential, particularly given the high HIV and TB infection rates. Malaria is another such disease that has high incident rates throughout the Sub-Saharan region.
The Pharmaceutical Industry is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 15.5% during 2010-2013. This is attributable to growing healthcare spending and the burden of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, TB, etc. which have boosted the usage of high-priced drugs in the country.
Biotech encompasses genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, gene therapy and other basic research related areas. In the fields of agricultural biotech, human health, and environmental, Industrial & mining technology. The Government created three regional Biotechnology Centres in 2001. These are BioPad (responsible for biotechnology development in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and Gauteng provinces); Cape Biotech which includes the South African Bioinformatic Institute (SANBI) (responsible for the Northern Cape and Western Cape): and PlantBio and LifeBio (responsible for KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape).