10,000 to converge in Joburg for Africa Trade Week 2019

Deputy Tourism Minister to open key trade, retail and hospitality forum

Over 10,000 government and business stakeholders are set to participate in Africa Trade Week this month, driving pan-African trade and business partnerships across the retail, hospitality, food and beverage and wholesale sectors.

Africa Trade Week will bring together 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 from 23rd – 25th June 2019, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg.

The event, incorporating three leading exhibitions – The Hotel Show Africa, Africa’s Big 7 and SAITEX – as well as their associated conferences and workshops, is the new home of pan-African business opportunities, products, services, equipment, supplies, innovations, technology and solutions.

Mr Amos Fish Mahlalela, Deputy Minister of the Department of Tourism, will open the event on Sunday 23 June at 10:00, officially setting in motion the biggest trade, retail, hospitality and food and beverage event yet staged in South Africa.

Africa Trade Week 2019 will include:

SAITEX, one of Africa’s largest and most well established trade exhibitions, which showcases multi-sectoral trade opportunities across the African continent.

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.

The Trade Development Forum running alongside SAITEX serves as a platform for high-level intra-Africa trade discussions. This high-level 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.

Africa’s Big 7, the annual meeting place for thousands of food professionals across the continent who visit to source, meet and gain insight into the very latest developments affecting the industry.  This exciting b2b food event connects the startups, food innovators, foodtech businesses, investors and partners who are redefining the food industry from farm-to-fork.

 The two-day FOODNEXT.AFRICA conference running alongside Africa’s Big 7 is built around an agenda of critical debate on addressing opportunities and challenges in the sector.

 Café Culture workshops at Africa’s Big 7 will offer free barista and drinkspro training throughout the full three days of the show.

 The Global Pizza Challenge will also be staged at Africa’s Big 7, giving pizza chefs and aspiring pizza makers a chance to show off their skills, win cash prizes, and potentially be selected to compete in the international finals.

The Hotel Show, Africa’s leading event for the hospitality industry, attracts nearly 3,400 hotel GMs, owners, operators, procurement managers, designers, developers and the all-important frontline hospitality personnel. The Hotel Show showcases international products and innovations for hotels, restaurants, cafes, taverns, shebeens and food outlets, and is the ideal platform for stakeholders to network and discover the latest in services, décor, furniture, hospitality technologies, uniforms and more.

 The Hospitality Leadership Forum at The Hotel Show will include over 90 expert speakers addressing burning issues, trends and opportunities in the sector.

 The Africa Housekeeper League of Champions challenge at The Hotel Show will see hotel housekeeping teams racing against the clock to prepare rooms to the highest standards in front of a panel of expert judges.

Africa Trade week is presented by dmg events. For more information, and to register to attend, go to: