PalletBiz RSA had the opportunity to attend the Saitex Africa 2018. The experience afforded us to meet and connect with prospective customers in person, discuss their long term plans, order requirements and address their questions immediately. The exhibition gave us access to the same number of visitors as our larger competitors, allowing us to attract the same opportunity.

More than 36 countries exhibited at SAITEX to promote and secure trade agreements for the export of their leading products into Africa.

These high-level trade discussions at SAITEX means the event also attracted government officials, diplomats, entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the world.

To foster further dialogue at influencer level, The Trade Development Forum provided a platform for intra-Africa trade discussions where key subjects included the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

The AfCFTA opened Africa up in an EU-style single-trade market. This could offer significant improved opportunities. We also joined the Trade Development Forum where the DTI unpacked the AfCFTA and its related features and benefits.

Other key subjects on the discussion agenda included SADC country spotlights, provincial showcases and key programmes highlighted by the Gauteng government.