African Chemicals Imbizo promotes growth and investment in local chemical sector, says Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association
The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) exhibited and participated at the Third African Chemicals Imbizo at the Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban this week.
CAIA Executive Director Deidré Penfold congratulated the Durban Chemical Cluster on co-hosting the imbizo and on arranging an informative programme.
Penfold said imbizo’s like this will further increase growth and investment in the local chemical sector by providing a platform for local chemical manufacturers to engage with new buyers and grow their intra-African export market share.
The imbizo was held on 15 and 16 August and attracted 300 delegates from across the sub-Sahara region, while also bringing together industry experts, guest speakers and an exhibition presenting innovative products and key services to the industry.
The imbizo was co-hosted by the eThekwini Municipality in partnership with Trade and Investment Kwazulu-Natal, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority and the Durban Chemicals Cluster.
The South African chemical industry is represented by the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) which has 164 members including chemical manufacturers, traders and industry service providers.
As an association that forms part of a worldwide network of chemical industry associations, CAIA seeks to promote the continuous improvement of performance in the safety, health and environmental arenas as well as to boost productivity and competitiveness of the chemical and allied industries in South Africa, thereby enhancing their sustainability.
Members are mainly big and medium size companies drawn from base chemicals, fertilizers, plastics in primary form, pesticides and other agricultural products, explosives and speciality chemicals. CAIA’s primary goals are to promote Responsible Care®, to earn public trust for the chemical industry, to improve the efficiency of its advocacy efforts, to support education initiatives in science, engineering and technology and to create maximum value for member companies.
The Association interacts with a number of employer bodies, the Chemical Industries’ Education & Training Authority, various professional societies and other associations representing sub-sections of the industry. CAIA is the custodian of the global Responsible Care® initiative, which was launched in South Africa in 1994. Through this initiative, companies make a formal public commitment to continuously improve their safety, health, and environmental performance.
CAIA operates through a board comprised of Chief Executive Officers of member companies, and the day-to-day running of the association is led by the Executive Director, Deidré Penfold.
About Responsible Care®
CAIA launched the Responsible Care® initiative in South Africa in 1994. This is the global chemical industry’s unique initiative to improve health, safety and environmental performance and to communicate with stakeholders about products and processes. In addition to this programme, CAIA provides linkages to sustainability in the chemical industries’ value chain through advocacy, training, support of educational drives in maths and science and the advancement of these concepts into sub-Saharan Africa.
CAIA is a member of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), the worldwide voice of the chemical industry, representing chemical manufacturers and producers all over the world and is recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). These international alliances allow the Association to source best practice in training, information, advocacy and legislative compliance.