ICOMIA adds South African trade group

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The newly formed Marine Industry Association of South Africa was approved as a full member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations.

Since 2008, the South African Boat Building Export had been ICOMIA’s South African member. However, after discussions between the South African Boat Building Export, Boating Industry Association South Africa and the Cape Town Boat Building Initiative, it was decided that a national association was needed to unify the marine industry under one umbrella body.

The Marine Industry Association of South Africa was formed in 2011 from an amalgamation of the Boating Industry Association South Africa and the Cape Town Boat Building Initiative. The South African Boat Building Export continues to operate as a separate entity and is a close partner of the Marine Industry Association of South Africa, playing a role in the association by taking care of the needs of its boat exporters and building the South African marketing brand internationally, according to ICOMIA.

In collaboration with the South African Boat Building Export, the Marine Industry Association of South Africa is hosting the April 18-21 ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

“I am very pleased that a national marine industry association has been formed in South Africa, and I am delighted to welcome MIASA into ICOMIA membership. We look forward to working with MIASA and its members by supporting them [to] facilitate the growth of their recreational marine industry. I am also grateful to [the South African Boat Building Export] for its contribution to ICOMIA over the past four years,” ICOMIA secretary general Tony Rice said in a statement.

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