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Call for expression of interest

Skills development for SMMEs and cooperatives in South and Southern Africa in the value chain of indigenous plants

Deadlines for submission: 12th December 2018 (more details below)

The project “Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) Compliant Biotrade in South(ern) Africa” (ABioSA) is funded by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and implemented by the ABS Capacity Development Initiative under the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammen­arbeit (GIZ) GmbH in partnership with the South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), to provide technical and financial support to small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) and cooperatives in the biotrade sector.

The project aims to build a high-growth innovative biotrade sector that complies with international and domestic ABS regulations, creates jobs and contributes to productive, sustainable use of the plant biodiversity in South Africa and the region (localisation of value-addition). The skills development aim to prepare enterprises to become investment ready to be able to access funds that will result in growth of their business and the sector. The outcomes should respond to the South African and regional Governments' objectives of job creation, rural development, poverty alleviation and the development of the biotrade sector.

The current call for expression of interest for Skills Development is targeted at SMMEs and cooperatives in Southern Africa (70% South Africa, 30% other Southern African countries) with existing products who are either already ABS compliant or on target to become ABS compliant within the project lifetime (i.e. by June 2021).

Application forms and requirements are available for downloading until 30th November 2018 at

The completed forms must be submitted to the GIZ Office Pretoria in hard copy by 12th December 2018.

Please quote reference #83302553 when submitting the documentation.