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  • INTRA-AFRICAN TRADE FAIR 2021 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa!

    Nov 15-21,2021- IATF’s theme will focus on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – a single market for goods and services across 55 countries.

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    Survey on the impact of COVID-19 on Africa’s Private Sector. Available in ENG – FRN -ARB

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    The two organisations have agreed to expand their cooperation to promote continental integration of Africa through education, trade and investment.



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IATF 2021 Release

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. “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. ” said Chief Obasanjo

Impact of COVID-19 on Businesses in Africa

To assess the impact of Covid-19 on the state of business and industry, PACCI asked leaders of chambers of commerce and industry associations to complete a survey to help understand the impact of the ongoing global pandemic on business. This survey, which took place from 28 April 2020 to 12 May 2020, reflects the view of 112 presidents and senior officials of chambers of commerce and industry (City/Regional and national chambers), and Business Membership Associations, out of which 21 were women business leaders. This is the first edition of the survey that will be a quarterly tracking poll on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on businesses for the duration of this pandemic, so that we can track the impacts over time.



This regional briefing paper was prepared as part of stocktaking exercises to prepare background documents for knowledge and capacity building deliverables under the AfDB non-lending project “Improving Trade facilitation Environment in the IGAD Region Through Knowledge Generation and Capacity Building”. The report provides an analysis and recommendations based on surveys undertaken by PACCI among chambers of commerce and businesses in IGAD member countries, complemented with additional information from key stakeholders and analysis of secondary data.

Impact de COVID-19 seu Les Enterprises en Afrique

Pour évaluer l’impact de Covid-19 sur la situation des entreprises et de l’industrie, PACCI a demandé aux dirigeants des associations de chambres de commerce et d’industrie de répondre à un questionnaire pour aider à mieux comprendre l’impact de la pandémie mondiale actuelle sur les entreprises. Cette étude, qui a été menée du 28 avril 2020 au 12 mai 2020, reflète l’opinion de 112 présidents et hauts fonctionnaires d’associations de chambres de commerce et d’industrie (chambres municipales/régionales et nationales) dont 21 sont des femmes dirigeantes. Les propriétaires de petites entreprises ont participé à hauteur de 76 pour cent de l’ensemble de l’enquête.

Il s’agit de la première édition de cette étude qui sera un questionnaire trimestriel sur l’impact de la pandémie COVID-19 sur les entreprises pendant toute la durée de la pandémie, afin de pouvoir mesurer les répercussions au cours du temps

FGD Impact of COVID-19 on SMEs in Ethiopia

The report found that the main business challenges due to COVID-19 are identified to be cash flow difficulty, keeping staff from lay off, accessing government agencies designated to help businesses in time of crisis, and lack of competence and resources of business membership organizations (BMOs) and chambers of commerce to assist members. Tax payment rescheduling, tax cancellation and reducing interests were identified as very important policy measures by the business community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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