SAITEX to showcase growing pan-African trade opportunities

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SAITEX co-locates within Africa Trade Week

SAITEX, one of Africa’s largest and most well established trade exhibitions, returns to Johannesburg in June this year, showcasing multi-sectoral trade opportunities across the African continent.

SAITEX, which has served as the key annual product sourcing opportunity for the entire continent’s retail and trade industry for over 25 years, will this year be part of a broader Africa Trade Week, to be held from 23rd – 25th June 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg. The co-location of SAITEX with The Hotel Show Africa and Africa’s Big 7 during Africa Trade Week will bring together over 10,000 international industry professionals from 53 countries and over 500 exhibitors from more than 40 countries for three days of business negotiations, networking and knowledge-sharing.

Building on its success over the past 25 years, SAITEX also launched a new conference – The Trade Development Forum – in 2018, which serves as a platform for high-level intra-Africa trade discussions. This two-day conference will focus on topical issues such as the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which offers an EU-style single market to at least 26 African countries, and opportunities available through international trade agreements such as AGOA, and addressing opportunities across Africa’s population of over 1.2 billion people, with its estimated 350-million-strong and fast-growing middle class.


SAITEX is the only multi-sector exhibition and conference in Africa providing unparalleled access to all industries. Nearly 3,000 government officials, diplomats, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the world, with a total budget responsibility of over US$676 million, meet at SAITEX to discuss trade opportunities, and more than 140 exhibitors from 17 countries will showcase thousands of products across all major import and export categories, including clothing and fashion accessories, IT products, pharmaceuticals, electronics, homewares, tools & hardware and chemicals.

“SAITEX remains one of the largest and most important events for inbound, interconnecting and outbound trade for the continent. For anyone wanting to do business in Africa, this is the event offers the finest and most effective route to market,” says Lynn Chamier.

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About Africa Trade Week

Africa Trade Week is the key new platform for continental trade across the retail, hospitality, food and beverage and wholesale sectors. Hosted by dmg events, Africa Trade Week 2019 will incorporate three leading exhibitions – The Hotel Show Africa, Africa’s Big 7 and SAITEX, as well as their associated conferences and workshops, to create the new home of trade highlighting pan-African business opportunities, products, services, equipment, supplies, innovations, technology and solutions.  Africa Trade Week will be held from 23rd – 25th June 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

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