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tralac holds annual Conference 2019

tralac is hosting its 2019 Annual Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on 21-22 March, bringing together stakeholders representing government departments and agencies, as well as non-state organisations from across the continent and further afield. We will discuss global trade governance developments and the implications for African countries, with special focus on Africa’s trade, integration and industrial development agenda.

Ms Treasure Thembisile Maphanga, Director for Trade and Industry at the African Union Commission, will be delivering the Opening Address on Thursday, 21 March.

The Keynote Speaker at the Gala Dinner on Thursday will be Florie Liser, President and CEO of the Corporate Council for Africa, who will be speaking on the theme, USStrategy for Africa – opportunities for Africa?

Other distinguished guests participating in the 2019 Annual Conference include Beatrice Chaytor, African Union Commission; Patrick Low, Adjunct Professor, University of Hong Kong; Mr George Lipimile, Chair of the tralac Board and Chief Executive Officer, COMESA Competition Commission; Mr Alan Wolff, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organisation; Melvin Ayogu, Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town; and Paul Oluikpe, Assistant Director, Trade and Exchanges Department, Central Bank of Nigeria, as well as tralac Staff, Associates and Board Members.

The Conference will also see the Launch of tralac’s Women in Trade Governance Network (WiTG). The Keynote Address will be delivered by Ms Treasure Thembisile Maphanga, with a distinguished panel discussion featuring Hon Lady Justice Chibesakunda, COMESA Court of Justice: Digital Justice System; Hon Judge Mary Kasango, COMESA Court of Justice; Ms Paulina Elago, Executive Secretary, Southern African Customs Union (SACU); and Ms Maria Immanuel, The Presidency, Namibia.


While in Nairobi, on 20 March, tralac, in collaboration with the Export Promotion Council, Kenya will host a half-day workshop on current and emerging trade issues for Kenya. Topics include the African Growth and Opportunity Act, Brexit matters, Trade and climate change, and a Regional Integration update.


Event TypeConference

Date21-03-2019 to 22-03-2019


VenueHilton Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya


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