The Advisory Council of the second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2020) has held its third meeting in preparation for the trade fair scheduled to be take place in Kigali from 1 to 7 September 2020. The meeting, presided over by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, IATF2020 Advisory Council Chairman and former President of Nigeria, took place on the sidelines of the 12th Extraordinary Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government in Niamey.
Also in attendance were Jean-Louis Ekra, Advisory Council Deputy Chairman and former President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank); Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank; Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Minister of Trade and Industry of Rwanda; and representatives of the African Union and Afreximbank. Representatives of Reed Exhibitions, the trade fair organiser, and Brand Communications, the trade fair conference organiser, also attended.
Prof Benedict Oramah (left) and President Olusegun Obasanjo at the meeting
The meeting discussed the venue, workplan and budget of the trade fair.
Chief Obasanjo told the participants that the successful launch of the operational phase of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement by the heads of state attending the Niamey Summit gave added impetus to the need to ensure a very successful trade fair.
He said that the many lessons learnt from the inaugural Intra-African Trade Fair, which was held in Cairo in December 2018, should be utilised to make improvements to IATF2020.
Ms. Hakuziyaremye reiterated the commitment of Rwanda to ensuring that everything required to ensure the success of the trade fair was in place.
Participants during the IATF2020 Advisory Council meeting.