Major fairs in Africa
Africa’s economic growth has become apparent in the last decade. Establishing businesses and investing in business partnerships in Africa is a viable option due to the continent’s developing economy that’s offering many opportunities. One of these opportunities are the industry trade fairs that take place here.
Algiers International Fair
This Algiers international fair (FIA) is an all-around fair held annually. It exhibits are open to different business types. The first fair was held in 1964. In 2016, the event was held on the 28th of May until the 2nd of June at the Palais des Expositions, Algiers, Algeria. The statistics for last year showed that the fair had 1,385 exhibitors catering to 250,000 visitors. The Societe Algerienne des Foires et Exportations (SAFEX) took charge of the event. In 2017, the fair will be in the month of May; other details are yet to be disclosed.
Dar-es-Salaam International Trade Fair
The Dar-es-Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) is an annual international trade fair. The fair exhibits business sectors from agricultural products, food and beverages, textiles, manufacturing equipment, building materials, automobiles, timber and furniture, chemicals, cosmetics, handicrafts and gifts, electrical articles, trade services, consultancy and training services and information technology. This year, it will be held on the 28th of June, until the 8th of July. The venue for the fair will be at the Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere Trade Fair Grounds, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. The first year of the show was in 1976.
Zambia International Trade Fair
The Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF) is another annual international all-around event. It will be held on the 29th of June till the 5th of July, 2016, at the Zambia International Trade Fair, Ndola, Zambia. 2015 data shows a total of 501 international exhibitors and more than 107,000 total visitors at the fair.
East Africa International Trade Exhibition
The East Africa International Trade Exhibition (EAITE) is an annual event for various business types; specifically in the following categories: consumer durables, property and housing finance, entertainment products, automobiles, money and finance, furniture and interior, children’s products, fashion and new lifestyle products, jewelry, sports goods, household products, beauty products, consumer electronics, toys, wedding products and services, books, office products and entertainment services . In 2016, it will be held at the Mlimani City Conference center, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Its original date which was on July 12-14, has been moved to November 2016. The Expogroup UAE are the organizers of the fair. Other details are awaited for the upcoming event.
International Fair of Luanda
This international fair of Luanda (FILDA) expo showcases business from different sectors, such as consumer goods, capital goods, agricultural machinery, food textiles, school supplies and spare parts. This is an annual event held at the FIL- Feira Internacional de Luanda, Luanda, Angola. This year, in 2016, the event will be from July 19th to July 24th. The 2015 data indicates that there were 1,000 international exhibitors and 60,000 visitors. The organizer of this event is Expo Angola S.A.
Maputo International Trade Fair (FACIM)
This international exhibit is an annual event that began in the year 1964. This year, in 2016, the exhibit will be from the 29th of August to the 4th of September, in Maputo, Mozambique. The targeted business sectors for this year’s exhibit are as follows: tractors, tilling, drilling, planting, harvesting, irrigation, transport and storage, food and food processing, packaging, medication, textile, craft, security and surveillance, farming and mining equipment. As of now, the organizers - Instituto para a Pro macro de Exportacoes (IPEX) - have released no reports pertaining to next year’s event. Data from the 2015 exhibit states that 3,430 exhibitors catered to more than 85,000 visitors.
Hence, these top trade events held in Africa, aimed at boosting their business environment are ideal networking venues for those interested in building local affiliates and business partners.
Apart from the knowledge of Africa’s top trade shows, it is also necessary to do market research and get acquainted with Africa’s business landscape and opportunities therein along with export regulations.