PRLog - June 28, 2012 - MIDRAND, South Africa -- A high-level speaker line-up has been confirmed for the Future of Trade Africa 2012 conference at the Gallagher Convention Centre on Monday July 16th. The conference, jointly organised by SA Trade Promotions and Adele Lucas Promotions, will take place alongside the Southern Africa International Trade Show, SAITEX, Africa’s biggest trade show, expected to attract up to 18 000 visitors from over 50 countries.
“It is still very difficult to get hold of quality business information to do business in Africa” comments Stephen Oehley, MD of SA Trade Promotions. “In Africa, you absolutely need to engage specialists, companies with local knowledge and stakeholders to learn from their experience. Let them help you chart the waters of this emerging economic giant that is our continent.”
The Future of Trade Africa is all about learning HOW to do business in Africa. This is the first serious commerce exchange platform for Africa that will pave the way for on-going growth for all stakeholders that register to attend SAITEX.
Speakers include Michael Lalor, Lead Partner, Africa Business Centre, Ernst & Young; Billy Joubert, Head, Transfer Pricing and Tax, Deloitte & Touche; Cyril Laubscher, Business Development Director, Imperial Logistics; and Mark Pearson, Programme Director, Trade Mark Southern Africa. The keynote speaker is the MEC for Economic Development, Ms Qedani Mahlangu, who will describe what Gauteng Province is doing to incentivise investment in the province and provide assistance to exporters to the rest of Africa.
Each of the conference themes will close with a panel discussion, enabling delegates to dig deeper into the issues. Top Africa experts Dianna Games from Africa @ Work; Paul Runge from Africa Project Access, and Duncan Bonnett from Whitehouse & Associates will moderate the panel discussions.
The conference is aimed at business people wanting to expand into Africa, those currently active in Africa looking for networking and growth opportunities, and investors looking for local (African) skill & knowledge to invest in.
In short, if you are serious about growing your business in Africa, you need to be there.