Ronke Ogunwusi’s AFWL launches UK-Africa MSME Business Expo

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With the aim of improving economic opportunities for medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs), comprised primarily of women and youth, Africa Fashion Week London 2023 (AFWL) recently hosted its first UK Africa Trade Expo ( UKATE) aimed at fostering a new era. collaboration in the areas of economic growth, entrepreneurial empowerment of women and youth and ultimately drive transformative change through international trade development. The first ever UKATE, held at the Institute of Directors in central London, themed ‘Bringing together culture and commerce for sustainable development’, features a wide range of high-level panel discussions and sessions interactive with the presence of high-level personalities. -profile dignitaries from various African embassies, renowned educational institutions and leading business organizations. The exhibition was officially declared open by His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the First-Class Monarch of the Yoruba Kingdom of Ile-Ife, who attended the event virtually. In his opening speech, the Ooni congratulated Prince Kamari Ademiluyi, Founder of UK Africa Trade Expo London and his team for organizing such a successful event, supported by international brands like GEC Space and other key partners. The revered monarch said: “As a small business advisor and business mentor, I welcome the launch of the UK Africa Trade Expo and hope it goes from strength to strength over time.

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UKATE led by Prince Kamari Ademiluyi has unveiled its six key pillars, focusing on connectivity and innovation, data and market innovation, cluster and sector transfer, as well as infrastructure investment and spouse veterans. According to the organizers, these pillars provide the foundation for integrating sustainability, social value and environmental considerations within competitive markets, fostering collaboration, trust and cooperation. The exhibition also hosted a total of 19 esteemed speakers from diverse backgrounds, each highlighting a myriad of topics ranging from fashion, to the exploration of cutting-edge technology, to the revolution in agriculture and discovery of innovative ideas to improve the lives of the less privileged, in particular. women and young people. The UKATE platform provides a unique opportunity for MSMEs to leverage the UK’s historic links with Commonwealth countries and act as catalysts for transformational change in local and regional ecosystems through the development of international trade.

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The inaugural UKATE, held on 27 October 2023 at the Institute of Directors in central London, was graced by men and women of high administrative ability, business leaders and high-profile personalities including key cabinet members of the Bauchi government, ranging from finance commissioners. , Cooperatives and SMEs and youth empowerment. The Expo also received a major boost with the presence of representatives from elite brands such as Providus Bank, Kings College and Henley Business School. The exhibition serves as a means of beneficial collaboration between stakeholders.

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