BEPEC in a nutshell

As one of South Africa’s 18 export councils, the Built Environment Professions Export Council (BEPEC) assists South African engineering, architects, and quantity surveying firms, as well as contractors to export their services into new markets in Africa and beyond.

What we do

As the prime export council in South Africa that focuses on built-environmental professions, we operate in a partnership with the South African Department of Trade and Industry (dti). As a result, our mandate is in line with their objectives: diversifying South Africa’s export sector by helping built-environment companies identify and access new markets. Additionally, we are also working towards transforming South Africans exports by helping smaller and black-owned businesses become export ready.

What drives us

Closing Africa’s massive infrastructure gap requires an estimated expenditure of $130 billion per year. That is not to say there are no projects or that there is no funding available. The problem is, however, that funding and projects often don’t meet up. This is, for instance, due to a shortage of bankable feasibility studies. A skills’ shortage also plays a role. South Africa is one country that has the built environment skills the continent needs to close its infrastructure gap. That is where BEPEC comes in.

“As a practice that traditionally has done 60% of its work outside South Africa over the past 22 years, we know the pitfalls of exporting into Africa. We, therefore, strongly recommend becoming a member of BEPEC to any company wishing to acquire professional appointments outside South African borders”

“Being a BEPEC member remains an integral part of our strategy to expand our footprint into Africa”

“Through our BEPEC membership, contractors can easily find  information regarding prospects in Africa while being supported by a team of professionals. As a result, they can make the most out of being an exporter into Africa”