The Trade Development Forum is a new conference introduced to SAITEX to meet the needs of the visiting government officials, diplomats, importers, retail and wholesale business leaders.

The two day programme covers a range of topics including the highly exciting Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). The CFTA will open Africa up as a single trade market and is possibly the most monumental trade enabler for the continent to date. Delegates will be able to find out what this could mean for their organisation and how they can plan for it.  Other key themes includes SADC country spotlights, provincial showcases and key programmes highlighted by the Gauteng government. 

Join us at the Trade Development Forum where the dti will unpack the CFTA and it’s related features and benefits and where you can find important information on latest trade and import opportunities



Theme: Trade Facilitation

11:00 – 12:30

Seminar – Trade as a catalyst for manufacturing opportunities across Africa

Systematically drilling down the resource value chain to identify downstream trade and manufacturing opportunities that enhance cross-border and overseas business exchanges.

  • Finding promising new industries to promote and develop.
  • Local market industrial opportunities with heavy trade components.
  • Material based industrial opportunities with implications for imports and exports.
  • Recognizing ancillary and service industry opportunities by connecting with international supply chains.
  • Discovering international support facilities that are geared to assisting Africa’s industrial development.
  • The changing role of manufacturing in Africa as part of the development equation

This seminar will provide guidelines to systematically selecting promising kinds of industries for business expansion or for new entrepreneurs to develop. It will also suggest a strategic framework for businesses in the emerging Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) environment to consider.

Leyland Hazlewood, Chief executive officer, Dimpex Inc, USA

12:30 – 13:30

B2B Networking Reception

13:30 – 15:30

Advice Clinic

10 ways to take your business to the next level

Money matters – Investment for SME’s to corporate



Theme: Trade Facilitation

11:00 – 12:00

Official government opening address

Trade and investment: Why Gauteng? Why now?

David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng (invite)

12:00 – 12:45

Roadmap to accelerating economic development and strengthening trade relations

Despite impressive growth towards the end of 2017, African countries continue to struggle with challenges of poverty, unemployment, inequality, commodity dependence and environmental degradation concerning business and investment in the region.

This presentation will discuss the latest economic outlook of trading with Africa, and include an overview of the mega trends, short and long term infrastructure plans, the importance of integrating development and unlocking industrialization.

Patrick Dlamini, Chief Executive Officer, DBSA (invite)

12:45 – 13:45

Imagining trade without borders dialogue – Integrating trade dynamics and achieving ‘made in Africa’. What does this mean for your business?

The Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) has been described as a flagship project of the African Union’s Agenda 2063, to boost Africa’s economic growth and development through integration by creating “One African Market” to boost intra-Africa trade. But what does this mean for South Africa?

This discussion will address key trends driving South Africa’s trade including import and export patterns and trade agreements under negotiation, intra Africa trade initiatives to promote new investment and trade opportunities by addressing:

  • What does the adoption of the AfCFTA mean for business and investment?
  • How will the AfCFTA be established and implemented?
  • How will the AfCFTA co-exist with other African Trade Agreements?
  • What role does the private sector play?

Chris Bishop, Managing Editor, Forbes Africa (Invite)

In conversation with

Wamkele Mene, Chief Director: Africa Multilateral Economic Relations, International Trade & Economic Development Division, Department of Trade & Industry

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    Wamkele Mene

    Chief Director: Africa Multilateral Economic Relations
    International Trade & Economic Development Division
    Department of Trade & Industry

14:15 – 15:00

Discover Gauteng’s ‘one stop shop’ that makes business investment easier

Boosting investor confidence is critical to positioning Gauteng as a destination for doing business. InvestSA, a division of the dti, offers specialist advisors to support investors setting up and investing in Gauteng.

Yunus Hoosen, Acting Deputy Director General, InvestSA

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    Yunus Hoosen

    Head of Investment South Africa
    Department of Trade & Industry

15:00 – 15:45

Keynote address: The role SEZs are playing as trade channels – Expanding intra and extra Africa trade

Following recent reports R4.9 billion has been allocated for industrial infrastructure projects over the next three years to be used in special economic zones (SEZs) and industrial hubs to expand economic opportunities in underdeveloped areas.

This discussion will give an in-depth insight into the ‘package’ of support focusing on which measures are accessible to o investors:

  • Attracting foreign direct investment
  • Creating jobs
  • Establishing new industrial centers
  • Developing and improving infrastructure
  • Further plans to improve the efficiency of regulatory decision making
  • List of the achievements of the special economic zones
  • Investment pipeline

Honourable Rob Davies, Minister, The Department of Trade & Industry (invite)



Theme: Regional trade outlook and SADC country spotlights

11:00 – 11:30

Doing business in Free State – Challenges and business opportunities

This presentation will focus on key investment sectors highlighting agriculture & agro-processing, real estate & eco-tourism, manufacturing, renewable energy, transport and logistics. The Free State Development Corporation is an official economic development agency for the Free State Provincial Government and mandated to facilitate enterprise development, industrial & commercial business premises, investment facilitation, export development and promotion. Hear success stories and understand the business system.

Frank Tlhomelang, general manager (acting) trade & investment and manager research & development, Free State Development Corporation

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    Frank Tlhomelang

    General Manager (Acting) : Trade & Investment & : Manager Research & Development
    Free State Development Corporation

11:30 – 12:00

Potential impact that the proposed Nkomazi Special Economic Zone (SEZ) could have in enhancing export growth in Mpumalanga Province

  • Why Nkomazi SEZ
  • Background about Nkomazi SEZ
  • The Nkomazi SEZ designation process
  • The Nkomazi SEZ aspiration: a 10-year view

Herbital Maluleke, project manager: special economic zone, Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA)

12:00 – 12:30

Doing business with the Kingdom of Swaziland – Gain insights into the latest projects

This session will provide an overview of the Kingdom of Swaziland’s policies, programes and initiatives promoting trade highlighting key sectors in tourism, public enterprise, information, infrastructure, communication and technology.

Sibusiso Godfrey Mnisi, Manager: Export Promotion, Swaziland Investment Promotion Authority ( Invite)

12:30 – 13:00

Boosting SME competitiveness – Everything you need to know about National Gazelles

Drivers such as innovation, cost of labour and materials, supplier networks, economy and trade, infrastructure and investment all play a role in increasing competitiveness. Running a small or medium sized business is today’s economic climate is challenging. This presentation will highlight SEDA’s national SME business growth acceleration programme and discuss the benefits of being part of the programme.

Ntokozo Majola, Executive Manager: Enterprise Development, Small Business Development Agency (SEDA) (invite)


Luncheon sponsored by Small Business Development Agency (SEDA)

*Conference programme subject to change

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Where and When



19 Richard Drive, Midrand,
Johannesburg, 1685

Gallagher Convention Centre is one of Africa’s largest conference and exhibition venues. Located in Midrand, between Pretoria and Johannesburg, Gallagher is conveniently positioned in the business hub of Gauteng and is the ideal location.


Security monitored parking is available in an open air opposite the venue as well as behind Hall 5.


Sunday 24 JUNE 2018
Monday 25 JUNE 2018
Tuesday 26 JUNE 2018

10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 17:00
10:00 – 16:00

The cost per day is R20.


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