About the Conference

The Conference Event brings together trade experts, business leaders, and representatives from government, private sector, civil society and international organisations. The Event seeks to demystify the components and opportunities offered by the AfCFTA for SMEs. It will unpack the ongoing policy and regulatory developments and updates which are key in implementing the Agreement. The Event will also discuss strategies that SMEs can use to extend their footprint in the African marketplace.

Conference Speakers

Thabane Zulu

Chief Executive Officer | Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone

Lwazi Mboyi

Chief Executive Officer | Cross Border Road Transport Agency

Dr Mbulelo Nokwequ

Head of Department | Department for Economic and Small Business development, and Tourism and Environmental Affairs Free State


Ilse van Schalkwyk

Chief Director: Economic Sector Support |Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism

Babagana Ahmadu

Resident Representative, Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Pretoria South Africa

George Sebulela

President | African United Business Confederation


Matodzi Rathumbu

Head of Department Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism

Muzi Shange

Chief Operations Officer | Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone

Alderman James Vos

Mayoral Committee Member: Economic Growth | City of Cape Town


Nigel Ritson

President & Founding Member South African Chamber of Commerce in Singapore

Lehlogonolo Masoga

Chief Executive Officer Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone SOC

Sihle Ngcamu

Acting Chief Executive Officer | Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN)


Dr Mthandazo Ngwenya

Managing Director | Bigen Africa Group

Donald MacKay

C.E.O | XA Global Trade Advisors


Benefits of Attending

Network with entrepreneurs from different parts of Africa

Gain insight into the policy landscape surrounding the AfCFTA and trade regulations in African countries

Access a platform for advocacy and influencing policy decisions surrounding trade in Africa

Build your business’s capacity to fully realise the opportunities of the AfCFTA

Conference starts in

25 - 26 July 2024

ICC Durban , South Africa


Our Event Schedule

2-Day Pass • Ex VAT

Cost per person

R 10,990  

NB: Price is in South African Rand. Price displayed exclude VAT.


Target Audience

The Conference targets participants from the following industries, among others:

 Government leaders from national and provincial departments • Trade and export leaders including brokers and other private sector facilitators • Finance Institutions providing trade finance • SMEs across various sectors such as agriculture, automotive, manufacturing, mining, transport and textiles • Representatives from intra-African trade and international trade organisations • NGOs and civil society including AfCFTA champions and activists • Academia, researchers and trade pundit’s • International trade and labour economists

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