Helping SA companies to be more competitive

February 21st, 2014, Published in Articles: Energize, Articles: EngineerIT, Articles: Vector

Offerings and products of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Subcontractor and Partnership Exchange (SPX) programme have been incorporated into the Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

The SPX programme recently reported a positive impact on local industrial manufacturing companies.

Ashley Bhugwandin, who heads up the TLIU, says the programme’s work in terms of its industry database, benchmarking, access to assistance with supplier development/competitiveness improvement and matchmaking has contributed to localisation efforts and will support the mandate of the TLIU.

The DST has integrated the UNIDO-SPX programme products and offerings into the TLIU so that localisation efforts can be strengthened and greater impact can be realised. The goal is to ensure that the TLIU supports the various government initiatives from a localisation and supplier development point of view. The unit will define how some of the functions conducted under UNIDO-SPX will be handled in future.

He says the DST’s goal for the TLIU is to deliver technology interventions to South African companies to enhance their competency and competitiveness as service providers to the state-owned companies (SOCs).

UNIDO-SPX is a technical co-operation programme which linked domestic enterprises in developing countries to the supply chains of large domestic or international companies. The aim of the programme is to develop local industry capacity to meet buyer needs and to identify profitable business opportunities for them. This mandate created the opportunity for the SPX offerings and products to be integrated into the TLIU to expand the impact on localisation.

The technology interventions are targeted at sectors or industries predominantly related to government procurement, such as energy, transport, aerospace and defence, megascience projects, and the foundry industry.

Contact Tendani Tsedu, CSIR, Tel 012 841-3417, mtsedu@csir.co.za

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