New Date Set For Intra African Trade Fair Second Edition

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Tafadzwa Mwanengureni
Tafadzwa Mwanengureni
I am a student journalist at Harare Polytechnic majoring in print journalism

The Second Edition of the Intra African Trade Fair (IATF21) has been postponed to 8th December this year and the fair will last for five days.

The fair was postponed to ensure that it is held under the most optimal health conditions.

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The event was scheduled for 6th to 12th September in Kigali, Rwanda.

The decision to postpone the date was made at a virtual Advisory Council held last week.

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A statement noted that the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), African Union (AU) and the Government of Rwanda have decided to shift the date of the continental trade fair to allow for a broader roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines across the continent and ensure that the event is held under the most optimal health conditions.

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“African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), African Union (AU) and the Government of Rwanda have decided to shift the date of the continental trade fair, to allow for a broader roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines across the continent and ensure that the event is held under the most optimal health conditions”, notes the statement.


“The extra time given to preparatory activities and effective roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines will allow IATF2021 to be held under favourable conditions, giving more confidence to participating governments, exhibitors, buyers, conference delegates and other visitors.

“IATF2021 will bring together continental and global players to showcase and exhibit their goods and services, and explore business and investment opportunities enabled by the single market created by the African Continental Free
Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to accelerate Africa’s integration and industrialisation
agenda” , said Obasanjo.

About IATF

IATF was launched by Afrimexbank in December 2018 to take place in every 2 years and the First Edition was held in Cairo, Egypt.

Due to Covid-19 several national, regional and international physical activities have been cancelled due to travel restrictions among other factors in an effort to fight the pandemic.

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