The Australia-Africa Chamber of Commerce (AACC) has confirmed that the first Australia-Africa Business Summit will be held in May this year in Melbourne, Australia.
The summit, whose theme was “New Bridges, Creating Connections”, dedicated to facilitating trade with African countries by providing best quality research, networking and business matchmaking services, was moved from October of last year to this year.
CETA President Duncan Harris told the Guardian yesterday that with the new date many high-level African delegations were now able to confirm their attendance.
“Following consultations with our African partners, we have decided to postpone the summit from our original slot in October last year. The recent announcement of the permanent admission of the African Union (AU) as a member of the G20 has led to a change in geopolitical discourse; however, with time, greater clarity on the landscape appears.
“I am pleased to announce that our key presenters, Don Farrell, Minister of Commerce and Tourism of the Commonwealth of Australia, and Wamkele Mene, Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, have reconfirmed their presence.
“The summit venue, the Melbourne Sofitel, is world-class and we look forward to showcasing it, the City of Melbourne and the State of Victoria to our international and domestic delegates and participants,” Harris said.