Benefits for BEPEC members

There are 11 reasons why South African built-environment professionals and contractors who seek to export their skills, services and expertise into the rest of Africa should join BEPEC.

Our relationships with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), other export councils, and professional bodies in South Africa allows us to identify new markets and strategic infrastructure projects for you. Africa’s development corridors particularly offer fantastic opportunities for South African engineers, architects and other built=environment professionals as well as contractors.

Through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), we provide export assistance in the form of financial incentives and funding mechanisms. These include the Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme. This government-led initiative compensates South African exporters for part of the costs incurred during, for instance, trade and investment missions. This applies to exporters of goods, products, services and skills.

BEPEC helps its members overcome trade barriers. We do so by providing up-to-date market information on in‐country professional registration rules, working and permit requirements, and other issues. BEPEC also liaises with relevant government bodies and industry associations on contractual challenges, financial regulations, and medical requirements.

Our global contact network gives us access to funding mechanisms of the world’s major financial institutions. These include the South African Trust Funds at the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

We foster connections between BEPEC members and all relevant stakeholders. The aim is to facilitate their participation in current and future infrastructure projects in new markets. These stakeholders include professional industry bodies, government agencies, national departments prominents, and representatives of international organisations, donor agencies, and funding institutions. Through the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) we also have access to all South African Embassies and High Commissions.

Knowledge is power, and that is why knowledge is the cornerstone of our export assistance activities. BEPEC provides its members with up to date and relevant information around upcoming project opportunities along Africa’s development corridors. We do this through the facilitation and hosting of Outward Selling Missions (OSMs) and regular ‘Show me The Funding’ and ‘Show Me The Projects’ workshops.

Besides the DTI’s EMIA funding assistance programme, BEPEC members have access to its Capital Projects Feasibility Programme (CPFP). This is a cost-sharing grant through which the government financially contributes to feasibility studies by South African exporters. Studies that will stimulate the overseas appetite for South African capital goods and built environment services are key.

BEPEC has staged and participated in several trade missions within Africa and beyond, with political and organisational support from the South African government. We also host regular local and international briefings. These present significant networking and learning opportunities for our members.

Our regular ‘Show me the Projects’ workshops discuss new project opportunities and trends in Africa, and are key to our portfolio of export assistance interventions. Our ‘Show me the Money’ workshops, on the other hand, give participants an overview of the available financial incentives. These include feasibility study funding financial support from global organisations like the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation, the African Development Bank, World Bank, and the IFC.

We facilitate networking opportunities with other African built environment and contracting organisations. These include the Group of African Member Associations of Consulting Engineers (GAMA), the Union of African Architects, the Federation of African Engineering Organisations (FAEO), and the Southern African Federation of Engineering Organisations (SAFEO).

Getting the right insurance cover is important but can be a complicated affair, particularly when working across borders. Rules tend to change often. We work together with the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa to assist our members in assessing the risks they are facing with regards to their involvement in overseas projects and getting the right cover.

Why you should work with BEPEC members

BEPEC members are popular amongst clients with operations in Africa. Firstly, this is because our members are all certified professionals who are export-ready. They are, furthermore, exposed to international best practices and are vetted before they can join our ranks.

BEPEC members are certified professionals who belong to one or more of South Africa’s eight built professional built environment associations. These are the Black Business Council in the Built Environment, the South African Institute of Architects, Consulting Engineers South Africa, the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors, the Institute for Landscape Architects in South Africa, the Association of Construction Project Managers, the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors, and Master Builders South Africa.

Our members are vetted before they can join our ranks and are obliged to adhere to the required codes of conduct set out by the organisations they belong to. Furthermore, they are export-ready and work according to international best practices.

Additionally, besides offering clients world-class expertise and multidisciplinary skills at competitive rates, BEPEC members bring value-added and innovative solutions to the table. They also have an in-depth understanding of your needs and demands. Finally, our members, from large to small companies and contractors, have a minimum level of professional indemnity insurance.

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