PRETORIA, South Africa and China will co-host the 2017 China International Small and Medium Enterprises Fair (CISMEF) to be held in Guangzhou this week to unlock markets for small businesses and co-operatives, says South African Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

The Minister is leading a delegation, supported by North West Province Executive Council Member for Finance, Economic and Enterprise Development Wendy Nelson and Free State Province MEC for Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Economic Affairs Ben Malakoane to the 2017 edition of CISMEF taking place from Tuesday until Friday in Guangzhou, the capital of Guandong province in southern China.

They will be joined by representatives of more than 30 South African enterprises from various sectors such as agro-processing, biodiesel production, jewellery manufacturing, engineering and infrastructure development, textile and fashion, farming, solar energy, tourism.

Zulu said in a statement here Sunday that the CISMEF presented an opportunity to all participants to share experiences, network and learn from each other and to initiate business partnerships.

I am confident that CISMEF will inspire these South African enterprises to grow their businesses and to enter the global market. I am confident that co-hosting CISMEF will help sustain the momentum of an entrepreneurial revolution that is currently underway in South Africa, Zulu added.

The Minister said all enterprises needed access to markets in order to become sustainable. It is important for aspirant entrepreneurs to understand market opportunities in order to run successful and sustainable businesses, she added.

She will officially open the South African Exhibition Centre on Tuesday and attend a Bank of China Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) cross-border business match-making function.