Algeria named fourth Intra-African Trade Fair host

by Editorial Team
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The Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) Advisory Council has announced the selection of Algeria as the host of the fourth edition of the biennial continental exhibition, which is set to be held in 2025.

IATF Advisory Council Chairman and former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo made the announcement yesterday in Cairo, Egypt yesterday.

Obasanjo said that the selection followed a rigorous review of bids received by the Advisory Council for the hosting of the continental event. He, however, did not disclose the other bidding countries.

 “We congratulate the government and people of Algeria for winning this bid.  We look forward to converging in Algiers in 2025,” he said.

With the selection, Algeria will become the third country to host the IATF after Egypt hosted the inaugural edition in Cairo in 2018 and the second edition was held in Durban, South Africa, in 2021. The trade fair returned to Cairo for the 2023 edition.

Speaking at the ceremony held yesterday to hand over the IATF flag to the Algerian authorities, President Obasanjo said that the trade fair had established a tradition of each edition being better than the previous one and expressed a strong conviction that Algeria would maintain that tradition.

Obasanjo said that with the selection of Algeria as host, the job of the IATF2023 Advisory Council was coming to an end, adding.

 “From tomorrow, it will be IATF2025 Algiers,” he said.

The Algerian Ambassador to Egypt, Abdelaziz Benali Cherif, who received the IATF flag on behalf of the Algerian Government, said that with the new investment law implemented in his country, Algeria had introduced a lot of economic reforms empowering the private sector to become the engine of growth in the economy.

The country was now open for partners to participate in a win-win situation in the economy, he said.  The ambassador said that all Africans were welcome to become part of the new dynamics.

The Algerian envoy expressed gratitude to the IATF Advisory Council for its decision to award the hosting of the next IATF to Algeria and pledged the country’s commitment to ensuring a successful event.

“IATF2025 in Algiers will be a true platform for networking and collaboration,” he said, adding that participants should use the event to explore new opportunities.

Afreximbank Intra-African Trade Executive Vice President, Kanayo Awani said that it was necessary to start early to prepare for the trade fair as the event entailed a lot of work. The Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) normally hosted in the year preceding the IATF, served as a dry run for the IATF, she added.

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat Secretary General, Wamkele Mene, noted that many Africans looked forward to participating in IATF and said that was critical to ensure that those Africans who wished to attend were not held back by issues like visa and duty on goods coming into host country temporarily for the trade fair.

The African Union (AU) Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade, Tourism, Industry and Minerals,   Albert Muchanga, also addressed the ceremony and commended Algeria for winning the bid.

Organised by the African Export-Import Bank, in collaboration with the AfCFTA Secretariat, the IATF provides a unique platform for facilitating trade and investment information exchange in support of increased intra-African trade and investment, especially in the context of implementing the AfCFTA.

It is Africa’s largest trade and investment event, attracting thousands of exhibitors, visitors and buyers and generating trade and investment deals running into tens of billions of dollars. Attendees include buyers, sellers, importers, exporters, investors, manufacturers, captains of industry, senior government officials, trade finance and advisory specialists, trade and economic organisations, senior executives from corporates and multinationals and innovative entrepreneurs from across Africa and beyond.

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