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

11:40 – 11:45

Opening remarks by Chair

11:45 – 12:00

Official government opening address

Trade and investment: Why Gauteng? Why now?

Mr. Herman Mashaba, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg 

12:00 – 12:30

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 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

12:30 – 13:00

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?

Dr. Ivor Blumenthal, Chief Executive Officer, ArkConsult

In conversation with

Claudia Furriel, Director: NEPAD/AU, Department of Trade & Industry

13:00 – 13:30

Doing business in Limpopo – Easy access to African markets

13:30 – 14:00

Doing business with ghana

Ghana has set itself an ambitious target to become one of the best ranked economies in Africa in the World Bank’s annual Doing Business Report by 2020. Currently ranked the best place to do business in West Africa, Ghana has in the last 18 months embarked on a comprehensive roadmap for reforms to reduce the time and cost of compliance with business regulators and improve its performance.
These reforms, coupled with the country’s new industrialization agenda which envisages a small to medium size production plant in each of the country’s administrative districts opens up amazing prospects to engage the Ghanaian government and its private sector partners in sustainable business partnerships.

This session will address:

  • Ghana’s industrial transformation agenda and opportunities for sustainable business partnerships
  • Ghana’s Special Economic Zones as a hub for doing business in West Africa
  • The legal and regulatory framework for doing business in Ghana

14:00 – 14:30

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. Invest SA, a division of the dti, offer specialist advisors to support investors setting up and investing in Gauteng.


Doing business with Botswana Why Botswana? A place to live, visit and invest

Botswana, central to the Southern African Development Community, is well positioned to deliver a well-defined tourism offering, an agile doing business environment, and a good quality of life.  Her peace, progress and stability, make her a viable option for your next visit.  This presentation covers Botswana’s culture, people, tourism offer as well as invest opportunities.

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    Bame Moremong

    Executive Director – Brand Botswana
    Botswana Investment & Trade Centre



Theme: Regional trade outlook and SADC country spotlights

11:00 – 11:05

Opening remarks by Chair

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

12:00 – 12:30

Doing business with the North West Province

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    Wendy Joy Nelson

    MEC for Finance, Economy and Enterprise Development
    North West Provincial Government

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.

Small Business Development Agency (SEDA)


Doing business with the Kingdom of Eswatini – Gain insights into the sourcing and investment opportunities

This session will provide an overview of the policies, programmes and initiatives promoting trade highlighting key export products and our competitiveness, investment opportunities in tourism, special economic zones(SEZs), power generation, infrastructure public procurement, mining and information,  communication and technology.


Doing business with Lesotho

  • Pesha Web

    Pesha Shale

    Executive Head Enterprise Development
    Basotho Enterprise Development Corporation (BEDCO)

*Conference programme subject to change

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Co-located with

2018 Attending embassies

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 23 JUNE 2019
Monday 24 JUNE 2019
Tuesday 25 JUNE 2019

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

The cost per day is R20.