AfCFTA WORKSHOPS SERIES 2018
First Edition - African Union HQ - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia!
October 15 - 14, 2018,
For exporters, importers and cross-border investors to learn how the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and other trade changes will impact your business this year and beyond.
We’re speaking with leaders who are on top of all the changes and innovations made to the most important trade agreement in Africa. We’ll be offering up a mix of information on tax reform, AfCFTA, trade/tariffs and more.
This special AfCFTA workshop series, in collaboration with the experts at AU Commission, will be held in various cities over the coming months, with the kick-off in Addis Ababa October 15-16, 2018. For each discussion, members may tune-in from anywhere.
1. Keynotes on the AfCFTA and its implementation
2. The business framework and the outlook for AfCFTA and its implications on African countries [Presentation]
3. Challenges and opportunities: a practical approach [Panel Discussion]
4. The deepening of East African integration, and Kenya as key player in regional supply chains [Presentation]
5. The most prominent concerns of the AfCFTA implementation, immigration and border security [Presentation]
6. Importance of the AfCFTA to Ethiopia, Ghana, DRC, Mozambique, Morocco [Panel Discussion]
7. AfCFTA and Getting Globalization Right: Poverty, Inequality, and Trade [Presentation]
8. Rules of origin, arbitration, and the effect of exchange rates on the utilization of AfCFTA; [Presentation]
9. Market Panel: Tanzania, Congo, Togo, Uganda [Panel Discussion]
10. INDUSTRY TOUR
Join PACCI for this important event in-person or virtually.
Goal: Learn from practitioners and experts who are up-to-date on all the information exporters and importers need to know about AfCFTA.
Who Should Attend: Executives at exporters, importers and investors – CEOs, COOs, CFOs, EVPs, business, sales, marketing.
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In-person location: African Union Headquarter - Addis Ababa
ABOUT THE AfCFTA
AfCFTA is a new trade agreement between African countries.
It makes it easier to export goods and services, benefitting people and businesses in Africa.
On 21 March 2018 African heads of state and government officials met in Kigali, Rwanda, to sign the framework to establish this initiative of the African Union.
National parliaments in African countries will then need to approve AfCFTA before it can take full effect.
It will only enter into force fully and definitively, however, when (twenty-two) 22 AU Member
States have ratified the Agreement.
The deal will bring benefits for people and businesses across Africa. It will help to generate growth and jobs by:
- Boosting exports;
- Lowering the cost of the inputs businesses need to make their products;
- Offering greater choice for consumers, and
- Upholding African standards for products.
WHAT WILL AfCFTA DO?
AfCFTA offers new opportunities for African businesses of all sizes to export across the continent. Following ratification AfCFTA removes duties on 90% of products (tariff lines) that the African countries trade with other African countries.
The agreement will especially benefit smaller companies who can least afford the cost of the red tape involved in exporting to other African countries. Small businesses will save time and money, for example, by avoiding duplicative product testing requirements, lengthy customs procedures and costly legal fees. Member States' authorities dealing with export promotion and chambers of commerce stand ready to help businesses to start exporting in Africa, boost existing trade, and attract investment.
The agreement also offers better legal certainty in the service economy, greater mobility for company employees, and a framework to enable the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, from architects to crane operators.
PROCEDURE AND NEXT STEPS
AfCFTA will be fully implemented once 22 Member States ratify the deal according to their respective constitutional requirements. At the time AfCFTA will take full effect, a new Dispute Resolution System will be put in place.
THE BENEFITS OF AfCFTA
- Helping to generate growth and jobs
- Creating a level playing field for African companies, big and small
- Lowering prices and widening choice for Africa's consumers
- Cutting customs duties for exporters and importers
- Cutting other costs for African businesses
- Making it easier for African firms to sell services across Africa
- Helping Africa’s rural communities market distinctive food and drinks
- Protecting Africa's innovators and artists
- Recognizing each other's professional qualifications
- Protecting people's rights at work, and the environment.
The Intra-African Trade Fair 2018
Egypt International Exhibition Center
11th - 17th December
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The Rationale for the Trade Fair
Analysis by the African Export- Import Bank (Afreximbank) shows that one of the main reasons why intra-African trade is low at around 15% compared to Europe (59%), Asia (51%), and North America (37%) is because of lack of access to trade and market information. To address this challenge, Afreximbank decided to, among other initiatives, convene the Intra-African Trade Fair every two years to provide trade and market information and connect buyers and sellers from across the continent.
What IATF 2018 has to offer?
The Intra-African Trade Fair is the first of its kind in Africa, consisting of a 7-day trade show that provides a platform for sharing trade, investment and market information and enabling buyers and sellers, investors and countries to meet, discuss and conclude business deals. It provides an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their goods and services, engage in Business to Business (B2B) exchanges and conclude business deals.
IATF provides a platform for entry into a single market of over one billion people joined together under the African Continental Free Trade Area.
Primary Objectives of the Intra-African Trade Fair
- To bring together continental and global players to showcase and exhibit their goods and services, and to explore business and investment opportunities in Africa
- To serve as a marketplace where buyers and sellers of goods and services meet and explore business opportunities
- To provide a platform for B2B exchanges and development of business opportunities
- To share trade, investment and market information with stakeholders including investors, SMEs, the informal sector, Africans in Diaspora, and to identify solutions to address the challenges affecting intra-African trade
- For Afreximbank and other financial institutions, to share information about their trade finance and trade facilitation interventions that will support intra-African trade
- To discuss topical issues affecting intra-African trade and provide practical and effective solutions
- To deploy multi-country and multi-company pavilions that will serve as one-stop shop for intra-African trade and investment opportunities in Africa
What is Intra-African Trade?
Afreximbank defines intra-African Trade as the trade in goods and services between or among African countries and the flow of goods and services between Africa and Africans in the Diaspora. The scope of intra-African Trade has also been broadened to include informal cross border trade to enable the Bank to design special products and dedicate resources to formalize this trade.
Afreximbank Strategy to promote Intra-African Trade
The Trade Fair is informed by Afreximbank’s strategy for the promotion of Intra-African Trade. The strategy can be summarized under three key pillars: Create, Connect and Deliver
Create: This pillar supports the production of goods and services with a view to enhancing engagement in regional trade. It seeks to build capacity for the expansion of production and processing capabilities, with a focus on agricultural production, agro-processing, manufacturing and services.
Connect: Afrexim seeks to provide traders with links to various markets on the continent. The Bank aims to identify institutions and agents that are able to facilitate the connection of demand and supply across markets. This pillar is central to the trade fair, which is aimed at bringing relevant entities together and facilitating business growth and opportunities.
Deliver: Here the focus is on facilitating the provision of efficient and cost-effective distribution channels within the continent. This includes the creation of transport logistics, storage and service payment systems, and buyer-financing arrangements which will help to accelerate the flow of goods and services to buyers, thereby creating a market.
The Trade Fair will contribute towards the bank’s objective to increase intra-African trade from USD170 billion in 2014 to USD 250 billion and by so doing, ensure that intra-African trade share of Africa’s total trade reaches 22% by 2021. “Conservatively, intra-Africa trade is a USD 6 trillion opportunity for Africa in the short term and USD 12 trillion in the long term” (Amy Jadesimi: Forbes, May 23 2017). Afreximbank will use the Trade Fair as well as other interventions to assist the continent to realise its trade potential and achieve positive transformation for Africa.
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The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) is very pleased to announce our participation as Supporting Organization of the 2018 edition of the Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS).
The 2018 edition of Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS) is scheduled to be held on June 24-26, 2018 in Washington D.C. ATIGS is a unique high-level conference and trade show, prestigious, biennial business platform designed specifically to promote and facilitate international trade and foreign direct investment in Africa, with attendance projection of over 2,000 participants from more than 70 countries for a three day of networking, markets knowledge sharing, marketing & matchmaking, B2B, G2B, G2G meetings & deal making.
The event will see the participation of more than 150 speakers, over 160 exhibitors, high-level government delegations, project developers, business leaders, trade promotional organizations (TPOs) and investment promotion agencies (IPAs) from various African countries, and over 350 global investors including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and asset management firms.
Unlike most talk-shop conferences focused on Africa, ATIGS moves beyond that instead focus on providing first hand face-to-face access to African markets at a one-stop shop by featuring African countries pavilions inside hall one representative companies sourcing for international partners & investments, and government agencies (TPO’s & IPA’s) showcasing the wide range of trade and investment opportunities that are available in their respective countries to connect with companies worldwide looking to expand or establish their business operations in Africa, and global investors with interests in Africa. There will also be Middle East, Europe, U.S.A, Canada, and Asia exhibition/pavilions representing companies & government agencies with interests to engage with Africa.
For more information and to register follow the link below.
The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum will be held on 27 November 2017 at Palais de la Culture, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, host country of the 5thAfrican Union-European Union Summit of Heads of State and Government
The Forum will be the business window of the Summit and will convey practical views and proposals to the political leaders. It will bring together African and European economic operators representing multi-nationals, large corporations, small and medium-scale enterprises and confederations, start-ups, private and public financiers, and multilateral and regional institutions, to discuss practical opportunities to work together and to improve the business and investment climate.
SISAB Portugal 2018
Travel with PACCI to Lisbon, Portugal!
February 12 - 14, 2018,SET – SPAZIO EVENTI TIRSO
International Trade Fair for Portuguese Food & Beverage, Logistics and Complementary Sectors Lisbon Portugal
The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) in collaboration with Mundiventos Ltd. invites you to the 23rd edition of SISAB Portugal 2018 from February 12 – 14, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. SISAB 2018 is a two days international trade fair where leading Portuguese export companies and entrepreneurs in the food and beverage industry meet. The 23rd edition of SISAB PORTUGAL 2018 – International Trade Fair for Portuguese Food and Beverage – will be held at Meo Arena in Lisbon, Portugal. This is the biggest show of prestigious and high quality products and brands to international market with some 500 Portuguese exhibiting companies of 28 sectors such as Wines, Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages, Fish and Seafood, Meat, Dairy, Confectionery, Fruits & Vegetables, Biological products, among others. Also, additional areas are offered to non-food and beverage suppliers such as Crockery, Cutlery, Plastic and utensils, Logistics, Transport, so as to complete your experience at the trade show.
REGISTER BY MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018
SISAB Portugal 2018 features:
- more than 500 National companies from 28 Sectors
- more than 6,000 Brands and Products
- more than 16,000 Labels and Packaging solutions
- more than 1,700 International Buyers from 110 Countries
- 450 States and Regions
PACKAGE 1 :
800 EUR PER PERSON:
- 3 nights accommodation in a single room at 5-Star hotel
- 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners
- 3 Days Entrance to the Event
Not Included In price
- Airport Transfe
- Visa Application Fee
600 EUR PER PERSON:
- 3 nights accommodation in a single room at 4-Star hotel
- 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners
- 3 Days Entrance to the Event
Not Included In price
- Airport Transfe
- Visa Application Fee
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The Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry teamed up with Ethiopian Association for Dental Research take the pleasure to welcome you to the 5th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Africa Middle East Region General Session and Exhibition taking place in Addis Ababa from September 26 to 28 September 2017. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Emerging Digital Dentistry and Inequalities in Oral Health” which will provide an international platform for discussion of present and future challenges in oral health, dental education, technology, equity and more.
The Conference will comprise a number of side events, including:
- The 5th International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Africa Middle East Region General Session and Exhibition;
- The 31st IADR East and Southern Africa Division Annual Meeting;
- The 14th Annual Scientific Conference of IADR Nigerian Division and
- The 12th Annual Meeting of Ethiopian Association for Dental Research.
So come and join leading experts and allied professionals from 26-28 September 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to keep up with the rapidly accelerating pace of change that is already having an impact in Africa on the field of Dental and Oral Health, and will continue to in the future.
Creating employment is a priority for many governments’, as a result there has been calls to develop comprehensive strategies for young people who are not in employment, education or training. With poverty regularly cited as one of the most robust correlates of instability, it seems somewhat obvious that such programs could potentially increase stability even if that is not their primary aim. Despite the possibility of such spillovers, however, these impacts are seldom measured, with success based on a program’s economic impact. With a few notable exceptions, these potential spillovers and interactions are insufficiently modeled or understood, especially in conflict-affected and fragile settings. The research project entitled Employment for Stability was carried out to fill this knowledge gap by using employment intervention and stability data to identify these effects and interrelations.
By providing new information on the relationship between economic opportunity and stability in the context of employment interventions through a meta-analysis of pro-employment aid programs matched with stability data and the identification of lessons learnt, the study is intended to contribute to more effective policy interventions for longer-term stability, particularly in fragile countries.
It is against this context Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, The United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology, the Hague Institute for Global Justice, INES-Ruhengeri and Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry are organizing the International Workshop on Employment for Stability from July 5-6, 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Goals and Objectives of the Workshop
The Conference seeks to
- Facilitate inter-sectoral dialogue and sharing of experiences to understand the extent employment programs help bring stability.
- Stock-taking of the main results of the study including the lessons learnt and eventual strategies, policies, and actions.
- Explore potential roles for strategic engagement (nationally, regionally and internationally) with the aim of realizing appropriate and effective strategies to improve both development and stability.