Pan-African trade fair postponed due to COVID-19

This year’s Intra-African Trade Fair, initially scheduled to take place in Rwanda in September, has been postponed to next year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, organisers said in a statement on Wednesday.

The event, co-organised by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the African Union (AU) and the Rwandan government, will be postponed to Sept. 6-12, 2021, in Kigali to ensure the safety of the host country and the participants, said the statement released by Rwandan Ministry of Trade and Industry.

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The organisers had said the second edition of the biennial trade fair, aimed at boosting the intra-African trade, will target the execution of intra-African trade deals worth more than $40 billion.

In partnership with Afreximbank and the AU Commission, Rwanda is looking forward to the second trade fair in 2021 to boost intra-African trade, Rwandan Minister of Trade and Industry, Soraya Hakuziyaremye, said in the statement.

The first Intra-African Trade Fair was held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, in 2018.


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