Dr Rob Davies
Minister for Trade and Industry Republic of South Africa
South Africa is rich in raw materials, which the BRICS clan can utilize.
In an exclusive interview with Fibre2Fashion Correspondent Cindrella Thawani, Rob Davies, opines about the sustainable decent employment and stabilization of employment in the last three years. Adding this, he cites, most Chinese investments are focused on trading, which is a big challenge for the country.
Rob Davies serves as the Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa, since 11 May 2009.
He has completed Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Southampton, UK and Doctorate degree from the University of Sussex in Political Studies.
Besides, he is Member of Parliament since 1994. He has joined both the African National Congress and South African Communist Party while in exile in Mozambique from 1979– 1990.
Moreover, he has also worked as Professor and Co-Director of Centre for Southern African Studies at University of the Western Cape 1990-1994.
How is the job creation scene with South Africa’s textile industry segment? Please enlighten.
South Africa has experienced a rapid loss of jobs up until 2009 when government’s new strategy in the sector was introduced. This has seen the stabilization of employment in the last three years and new sustainable decent employment is now being created especially in those companies, which are working closely in partnership with government in implementation of developed strategies.
South Africa’s size for economy, population is relatively small. In presence of other emerging countries, how do you think that South Africa has such potential to stand firm in this BRIC clan?
South Africa is rich in raw materials, which the BRICS clan can utilize. These include mohair, merino wool, cotton, leather, cashmere etc. South Africa is one of the biggest producers of mohair in the world and most of the fibre is exported in semi raw form, globally. Besides, same is true of the very fine merino wool, which is also currently exported in tow form.
High quality cotton being grown in the country that has the potential to be increased with expected increase in demand from other BRIC countries.
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