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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Foreign Economic Representation 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
49055  National Certificate: Foreign Economic Representation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Diplomacy, Protocol and Foreign Affairs Assist 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
PSETA - Public Service Sector Education and Training Authority  OQSF - Occupational Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security  Sovereignty of the State 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  160  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2023-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
This qualification provides the entry point in the service of foreign economic representation. It will equip qualifying learners with the competencies to: provide direct access links to foreign markets for South African businesses; spot and recruit foreign direct investment into South Africa; gather foreign market intelligence and assist South African and/or foreign businesses to access the Department of Trade and Industry suite of programmes. Qualifying learners will be able to:
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders in a foreign economic office
  • Perform and manage the practical aspects of foreign economic representation
  • Monitor and evaluate the impact of trade diplomacy
  • Manage and coordinate the administrative duties of a foreign economic office


    Rationale:

    As South Africa competes in the global village, there is a great need to attract foreign investment and ensure that South African businesses access international markets. Foreign Economic representatives are at the interface of marketing South Africa internationally. This qualification constitutes the basic competencies that are needed by a Foreign Economic Representative to execute her/his functions competently. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners embarking on study towards this qualification are assumed to have completed a level 6 qualification in the field of Business, Commerce and Management or its equivalent.


    Recognition of Prior Learning:

    This qualification may be achieved in part or whole through the recognition of prior learning and /or experience as a Foreign Economic Representative. For the purposes of recognizing prior learning, providers are required to develop structured means of assessment of individual candidates against the exit level outcomes of the qualification on a case by case basis. Such procedures and assessment of individual candidates must be moderated. 

    RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

    QUALIFICATION RULES 
  • Electives: 13 credits
  • Core: 99 credits
  • Fundamentals: 48 credits
  • Minimum credits: 160 

  • EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
    1. Communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders in a foreign economic office.
    2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the historical, social, political and economic realities of South Africa.
    3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the South African economy and international trade relations.
    4. Perform and manage the practical aspects of foreign economic representation.
    5. Monitor and evaluate the impact of trade diplomacy.
    6. Manage and coordinate the administrative duties of a foreign economic office.


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes:

    The way in which the critical cross-field outcomes are addressed in this qualification is presented in detail in the unit standards. The qualification addresses the following critical cross- field outcomes:
  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made.
  • Working effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community.
  • Organizing and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written persuasion.
  • Demonstrating an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

  • ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
    1. Communicate effectively with a variety of stakeholders in a foreign economic office.
    > 114843 - Communicate effectively in agency and consular work
    > 13925 - Present information in a public setting

    2. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the historical, social, political and economic realities of South Africa.
    > 114846 - Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political, social and economic realities of South Africa
    > 114864 - Explain South Africa's key domestic policies

    3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the South African economy and international trade relations.
    > 114855 - Evaluate South Africa's economic policies
    > 118023 - Demonstrate an understanding of the international trade environment
    > 118026 - Demonstrate an understanding of the international financial environment
    > 110485 - Describe and explain a range of international trends in economic development
    > 14508 - Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of globalization and its implications for financial services in South Africa

    4. Perform and manage the practical aspects of foreign economic representation.
    > 114871 - Know and apply diplomatic protocols and etiquette
    > 10085 - Manage research projects
    > 7889 - Manage quality in the organization
    > 7887 - Develop and manage marketing plans and strategies
    > 13104 - Determine the relationship between risk and return
    > 118024 - Advise clients on international trade contracts
    > 118025 - Advise South African and foreign businesses on importing and exporting

    5. Monitor and evaluate the impact of trade diplomacy.
    > 10072 - Monitor and review activity plan
    > 13059 - Prepare and analyse financial reports for different types of business entities

    6. Manage and coordinate the administrative duties of a foreign economic office.
    > 110531 - Plan, organize and control day to day administration of an office support function
    > 110483 - Develop and manage an organizational records system
    > 7880 - Prepare, implement, manage and control budgets
    > 114858 - Protect the confidentiality of mission activities and information
    > 7859 - Lead and manage teams of people
    > 10591 - Conduct interpersonal management


    Integrated Assessment:

    Assessment should focus on the candidates' ability to apply theoretical knowledge and understanding to praxis. Assessors should use a range of strategies to allow candidates to demonstrate applied competence without their being required to practice in authentic contexts. The reason for this is that it is not practically possible to take all learners to real missions abroad in order to assess them in authentic situations. Assessment strategies and procedures should be in alignment with the purpose and exit level outcomes of the qualification. These should not consist of written assignments, tests and/or examinations only, but should include a variety of options such as case studies, problem solving assignments, portfolios of learning and projects. 

    INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
    The Department of Trade and Industry is fortunate in that it has an agreement with the Canadian government whereby the Canadian government assists in terms of training. The Canadian Foreign Service Institute made available to the DTI its Foreign Service Development Programme, the South African equivalent of training for Foreign Economic Representative. A comparison of the two revealed that the content of this level 6 qualification compares well with the knowledge, understanding, skills and value orientations covered in the Foreign Service Development Programme. Communication (both oral and writing), Etiquette and Protocol, Economic Diplomacy, Understanding of international markets, Advocacy, Administration and Business Development are the areas that are covered in the Advanced Certificate in Foreign Economic Representation which are also covered in the Canadian Foreign Service Development Programme. The SGB working group did consult with a number of African countries in the SADC region in order to benchmark the qualification but found out that these countries do not specifically train Foreign Economic Representatives as these are people who have high level expertise in the field of Business, Commerce and Management.

    A further enquiry was conducted with a member of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training on equivalent international qualifications (see attached e-mail and response). The proposed qualification submitted for registration by the dti would be a first for Africa and other parts of the diplomatic world. Where training is provided, it is of a very basic nature and not a full qualification. 

    ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
    This qualification is equivalent to other Advanced Certificates at NQF level 6. The Advanced Certificate in Mission Administration is one example of a qualification equivalent to this qualification. Learners qualifying with this qualification may proceed to an Advanced Diploma in International Economic Representation at NQF level 7 - which is yet to be developed by the relevant SGB. 

    MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
    Anyone assessing learners against this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. An assessor should have at least a level 6 qualification in Business, Commerce and Management and at least 3 years experience as a Foreign Economic Representative. 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  114846  Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political, social and economic realities of South Africa  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  114871  Know and apply diplomatic protocols and etiquette  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  110531  Plan, organise and control the day-to-day administration of an office support function  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  13925  Present information in a public setting  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  114858  Protect the confidentiality of mission activities and information  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  118025  Advise South African and foreign businesses on importing and exporting  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
    Core  110483  Develop and manage an organisational records system  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Core  116722  Identify, initiate, develop and manage trade and investment opportunities  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  20 
    Core  10072  Monitor and review activity plan  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Core  13059  Prepare and analyse financial reports for different types of business entities  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  16 
    Core  7880  Prepare, implement, manage and control budgets  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
    Fundamental  110485  Describe and explain a range of international trends in economic development  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  114843  Communicate effectively in agency and consular work  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Fundamental  116721  Demonstrate a broad understanding of the Department of Trade and Industry  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Fundamental  118026  Demonstrate an understanding of the international financial environment  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Fundamental  118023  Demonstrate an understanding of the international trade environment  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
    Fundamental  114855  Evaluate South Africa's economic policies  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Fundamental  114864  Explain South Africa's key domestic policies  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  118024  Advise clients on international trade contracts  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
    Elective  10591  Conduct interpersonal management  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  14508  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of globalisation and its implications for financial services in South Africa  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  13104  Determine the relationship between risk and return  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  7887  Develop and Manage Marketing Plans and Strategies  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  12 
    Elective  7859  Lead and manage teams of people  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  7889  Manage quality in the organisation  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6 
    Elective  10085  Manage research projects  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  30 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    NONE 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS QUALIFICATION: 
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