An initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (dti), the OTIM will see 25 local companies partake in the trade mission through the department's Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme.
Optimism among business representatives was the order of the day ahead of the start of the OTIM.
Director of Aberdare Cables Johannes Mpotu said the weeklong OTIM will provide them with an opportunity to source a new market in Africa for exporting they're manufactured electrical and power cables.
The mission will also help the company to forge new business relationships with potential buyers.
Basil Phupha, Managing Director of Basils Business Opportunities, said his company is keen to expand its brand footprint across the continent.
"Our strategic objective for participating in the mission is to find the market for our products that we can export to other Southern African Development Community (SADC) regions and beyond. Presently we are rolling out a plan to increase the number of African countries that our products are exported to," said Phupha.
Currently, the company's biggest clientele is in Botswana, eSwatini, Lesotho, Mozambique and Namibia.
The Deputy Minister of the dti, Fikile Majola, said the mission is an opportunity for South Africa to position itself as a preferred trade and investment partner through structured, focused and sustained commercial engagements in the targeted sectors.
The participating companies will represent the following strategic sectors which have been prioritized in the South African government's re-imaged industrial strategy: infrastructure, construction, and rail, aerospace, and defense, built environment professions, mining, agro-processing, agriculture, and agri-business.
Taking place in the Angolan capital of Luanda, the trade mission will conclude on Friday.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)