The Intra-African Trade Fair, which kicked off on Monday, will streamline relationships between local businesses and governments, the premier of the South African province of KwaZulu Natal told Sputnik.
“It… connects us as African businesses and governments, so that we are able to enhance the policies that encourage inter-African trade, production in Africa, and export,” Sihle Zikalala said.
The continent’s biggest trade show was planned to be held in the Rwandan capital of Kigali but was moved to the city of Durban in South African seaside province of KwaZulu Natal in May on epidemiological grounds.
This year’s week-long event is themed “Building Bridges for a Successful AfCFTA” after the newly launched African Continental Free Trade Area, an initiative that seeks to build a single goods and services market for 55 African nations. It is being attended by president of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Zambia, Malawi, and Zanzibar.