Dates rescheduled to 15-21 November 2021


The second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2021) has been rescheduled to take place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa from 15 to 21 November 2021.  The Trade Fair was previously due to be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 8 to 14 December 2021.

The decision to move the Trade Fair to Durban was made by the Advisory Council of IATF2021 at its 10th meeting held virtually on 25 May 2021. This decision was arrived at after formal consultations with the Government of Rwanda, who indicated that logistical constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic had adversely affected the progress of construction of a new facility to host the event.

“Relocating IATF2021 to Durban saves us time on the calendar and will enable African countries and corporates, as part of their recovery strategy, to take full advantage of the Trade Fair, which is also an important component of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement under which trading commenced this year.

“Having undertaken a comprehensive assessment of the measures that are being taken by the AU and Afreximbank under the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) as well as other initiatives to procure vaccines for the continent, we believe that a significant number of people would have been vaccinated by November and this will allow us to have a successful event. We will continue working with the Government of South Africa to ensure that all the COVID-19 measures are complied with during the Trade Fair as the safety of both residents and visitors is paramount.

“We congratulate the Government of the Republic of South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government and thank them for the swift efforts that are being made to ensure that IATF2021 safely accommodates the growing number of participating governments, exhibitors, buyers, conference delegates, and visitors that have confirmed their participation in the event,” added Chief Obasanjo.

The Trade Fair will focus on the following sectors:

  • Agriculture & Agro-processing;
  • Automotive;
  • Footwear, Leather & Textile;
  • Construction & Infrastructure Development;
  • Consumer goods (White Goods);
  • Energy & Power;
  • Engineering;
  • Health Care & Pharmaceuticals;
  • Heavy Industries & Light Manufacturing;
  • ICT & Innovation;
  • Logistics;
  • Financial Institutions; &
  • Mining

More information can be obtained on

National Pavilion application forms and guidelines can be downloaded via the dti website:

The deadline date for the submission of complete National Pavilion application forms is 9 July 2021

For further clarity or inquiries kindly feel free to contact Mr Radebe:

Mr M.J Radebe

Trade Invest Africa: Trade Facilitation

Assistant Director

TISA: Division of the dti

Tel:+27 (0) 12 394 5791