MARINE INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AFRICA
TO BE FULLY REPRESENTATIVE OF
THE BOATING SECTOR
TO BE RELEVANT TO OUR MEMBERS AND THE
BOATING INDUSTRY AT LARGE
TO ASSIST IN IDENTIFYING AND DEVELOPING A MARKET FOR OUR PRODUCTS
MIASA works with its members to promote the boating industry in South Africa. MIASA is a non- profit association with a growing membership base that includes manufacturers, suppliers and retailers and marine professionals. As a member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations, MIASA’s membership is structured along international guidelines and MIASA is one of 37 marine industry associations globally.
The Association plays a strong advocacy role with government, liaising with a number of different departments including SAMSA, Department of Transport, Department of Trade and Industry (dti), Department of Science and Technology, Transnet National Ports Authority, CSIR, Department of Water Affairs and Fisheries and SARS, amongst others, to protect and promote the industry and ensure its sustained growth. In addition, MIASA works with trade entities, such as Trade and Investment KZN and Wesgro in the Western Cape, as well as with provincial government structures and municipalities and Maritime Clusters in efforts to unlock problems and overcome red tape.
The continued inclusion of boat building in the industrial policy action plan of the dti shows national government’s commitment to the growth of the sector. The recently concluded “Operation Phakisa” which seeks to unlock the potential of South Africa’s Ocean Economy is further evidence of government support for the maritime agenda in South Africa.