MAPUTO, Sept 5 (NNN-SA NEWS) -- South Africa has scooped two awards at the just-ended 2017 Mozambique International Trade Fair, commonly known as FACIM, winning the Best Pavilion Award, as well as the Best Exhibitor Award, which went to Kama Industries, a Johannesburg-based company producing audible and visual signalling devices.

Kama Industries was one of the South African companies showcasing their products and services at the trade fair, whose participation was funded by the Department of Trade and Industry's (dti). The awards ceremony was hosted by Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario on Saturday, the penultimate day of the fair.

Receiving the Best Pavilion Award, South Africa's High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Mozambique, Mandisi Mpahlwa, said the country had worked hard in setting up its pavilion.

This award talks to South Africa's high regard for Mozambique in general, and FACIM in particular, and the seriousness with which we approached the exhibition. All of these are reflected in the number and calibre of companies that we bring here and the effort we make in putting up an aesthetically pleasing pavilion that stands out from the rest through its structure, branding, mix of sectors and calibre of companies, said Mpahlwa.

What set the South African pavilion apart from the rest and captured the imagination of the judges were the actual tangible products which were showcased by the 20 companies which the dti had assisted to exhibit at the trade fair.

Most of the pavilions contained very little in terms of the actual products but were dominated by posters of what their companies produce. The products on our stands not only fascinated the judges, they also attracted a lot of attention and interest from the throngs of people who visited our pavilion.

The product specialist from Kama Industries, Bert Urban, said he felt humbled by the recognition and the reward he received on behalf of his company. People who visited my stand were impressed by all the interesting audible and visual signalling devices that we displayed because they literally saw, touched and heard them, much to their fascination. The award will surely give our company more exposure in Mozambique and hopefully this will translate into business, as we are looking at exporting our products to the country, said Urban.

FACIM is an international multi-sectoral trade fair held annually to showcase Mozambique as an attractive destination for trade and investment. Almost 2,000 companies from more than 30 countries are participating in the trade fair this year.

Mozambique is South Africa's third largest trade partner in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) after Botswana and Namibia. Trade between the two countries increased from 29 billion Rand (one US dollar = 12.96 Rand) in 2012 to 43 billion Rand in 2016. There are currently 300 South African companies operating in Mozambique.