About  the BRICS Africa Trade Centre


BRIC, (Brazil, Russia, India and China) - BRICS now that South Africa is a member, is a powerful bloc of emerging economies which comprise more than 2.8 billion people or 40 percent of the world’s population, cover more than a quarter of the world’s land area over four continents and accounts for more than 25 percent of global GDP.

South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoane-Mashabane, in a brief to journalists, said "South Africa goes into BRICS remembering fully well that we are an integral part of this continent of Africa". "Wherever South Africa finds itself in a forum ... where other African countries are not represented, we do not speak for South Africa alone but also for all other African countries."

South Africa's admission to the trade bloc and the above statement led South African Trade Promotions (SATP) to propose the development of  an affordable electronic service to enable mainstream business to network with buyers and established businesses participating on international trade shows..  

To validate the idea, SATP staged the BRICS Africa Export Import Forum and Exhibition.  This event was co-located with SAITEX, the 20th Southern African International Trade Exhibition which was attended by 15 253 visitors from 53 countries. The Forum comprised 'BRICS Country Opportunity Presentations' convened by the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the NEPAD Business Foundation, Export Import Workshops convened by the International Trade Institute of Southern Africa and an exhibition of BRICS country trade services - including banks and financial servdices providers, export councils, small business development agencies, certification and logistics and freight service providers, media owners and many others.

 

                

 


BRICS Africa was met with wide acclaim and has received written endorsement from BRIC Ambassadors in South Africa and the pledged support of numerous Associates, Media Partners, Supporters and Sponsors. The parties, credited at www.bricsafrica.cominclude:

 

  • The Embassies of Brazil, Russia and the Indian High Commission in South Africa
  • The Tripartite Task Force and Secretariat for the three regional economic communities and 26 African countries as signatories to the Africa Free Trade Agreement 
  • The three regional economic community Business Council
    • COMESA Business Council
    • SADC Private Sector Forum
    • East African Community Business Council
  • International Trade Institute of Southern Africa (ITRISA)
  • The Proudly African Initiative
  • Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA)
  • South African Association of Freight Forwarders
  • Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport – Southern Africa
  • Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • NEPAD Business Foundation
  • World Trade Centers in Africa
  • Numerous local, regional and international media

 

These services promote footfall and revenue for Organisers, provide a central source of quality exporters and supplier products for buyers and generate business leads for SME suppliers in Africa and the BRICS trade bloc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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