Cape Town, South Africa
Mar 14-15, 2019
2 Day Event

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Building on its presence on the continent for well over a decade, GTR Africa returned to Cape Town on March 14-15. Now the definitive event for the key industry players in African trade, this year’s gathering welcomed a record attendance of around 400 representatives, all of whom were keen to discuss the unrivalled business opportunities found in Africa.

A packed agenda and innovative programme format provided the chance to hear from a wide range of experts, from government representatives to financiers, export credit agencies and corporate contractors, all of whom were keen to discuss the latest developments, challenges and opportunities to be found in the exciting and diverse Sub-Saharan market, as well as of course unrivalled opportunities to network and enjoy the more social aspects of the week in the fantastic setting of Cape Town!

We would like to thank all who sponsored, partnered and supported this year’s event, helping it to make it such a great success. We look forward to seeing you next year, with dates to follow over the coming weeks.


Featured sessions and formats

Industry discussion: Is trade still a force for good? 
Held in partnership with Invest Africa, this high-level discussion will consider the increasing use of trade as an instrument of trade policy and the potential impact on African markets

African fintech showcase
Powered by ITFA, this section will seek to showcase some of the more interesting and innovative technology companies working in African trade to a panel of experts, comparing and contrasting their market offerings

Finding new solutions to meet Africa’s needs
This breakout-style format will bring together a range of experts to consider the role of external sources in addressing financing shortfalls, after which participants will engage in more detailed private discussions

Classroom-style breakout: ‘The big guns’
This interactive workshop format will divide delegates into a series of working groups for brainstorming and idea sharing on South Africa, Nigeria and Egypt, before bringing everyone back together for conclusions

Question Time: How can African trade be more inclusive?
With financial inclusion continuing to feature at the top of the agenda for banks and policy makers alike, this closing plenary will take on the ‘Question Time’ format, with the impetus for the discussion coming from the audience

Who attended?

Over 150 companies were registered to attend, including GE Healthcare Africa, Housing Africa Corporation, Clarke Energy, CMC di Ravenna, Thermal Agriculture, ETG Agri Inputs, Aerobotics, Astron Energy, Sekelo Oil Trading, South African Marine Fuels, Kepu Trading, Carbonado Energy, STISA, COFCO International, Puma Energy, ETG, Beefmaster, Acorn Agri, Mergence Commodities and more.

  • Local and international banks
  • Multinationals and SMEs
  • Independent financiers
  • Commodity brokers and traders
  • Insurers and risk managers
  • Lawyers and consultants
  • Fintech providers
  • ECAs & multilaterals

In 2018, two of the largest sectors represented were corporates & traders (30%) and bankers & financiers (21%). Over 160 different companies were represented and 83% of all attendees held a senior to a c-level position. See 2018 year’s full event break down here. 2019’s event breakdown and post-event media kit will be available soon.


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The main springboard for attracting investors, funding providers and more importantly project sponsors, this event is unique in its ability to bring stakeholders together in one large forum. Marketing the benefits of inward investment opportunities is key in today’s competitive environment – this is what GTR Africa does so well, year in, year out.
 G. Buck, GKB Ventures LTD


“An important annual gathering of key players in Africa. The trade and export finance content and networking opportunities make this a worthwhile conference to attend.”
S Nxaba, Nedbank


“The conference has interesting topics discussed and a very good variety of financiers participating. This event is a great place for networking and understanding the business environment.”
H Keranen, Nokia


“Very current discussions in the context of world events and networking make this an excellent conference.”
F Roux, Cornerstone Performance Solutions


“Really enjoyed the conference and found the topics discussed to be very relevant and helpful. I will definitely make use of what I have learned.”
D Scott, Gascon ADO Southey Holdings


“This conference is absolutely essential for business leaders around the globe.”
S Gata, Cartertech


“Excellent platform for networking with stakeholder in the trade space from all over the world!”
C Mtesigwa, Elements Limited


“If you want to do business in Africa, you must be at this event!”
H Potgieter, Africa Merchant Capital

Reflecting Africa’s endless potential as a growth market for global trade, GTR Africa provided a crucial networking forum for corporates and financiers alike.

To request your copy of the 2019 post-event media kit, including attendee breakdown, event content and event takeaways, please contact us.

Over 65+ speakers including:

Mohammad Akshar Maherally, Managing Director, WTS Tax Consulting
René Awambeng, Director, Client Relations, Afreximbank
Goolam Ballim, Chief Economist, Standard Bank Group
Jean-Bernard Ruggieri, Chief Representative, Team Leader, Africa, Export Development Canada
Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott, Head of Regional Observatory, South African Institute of International Affairs
Robert Besseling, Executive Director, EXX Africa
Rupert Boyle, Executive Director, Structured Credit and Political Risks, Gallagher
Graham Bright, Head of Compliance & Operations, Euro Exim
Gabriel Buck, Managing Director, GKB Ventures
David Buckle, Chairman, SD Capital Advisory
Andre Casterman, Founder & Managing Director, Casterman Advisory; Chair, Fintech Committee, ITFA
Dave Chalila, Head of Sub-Saharan Africa, Sace
Carl Chirwa, Head of International Banking, Bank One
Simon Cook, Partner, Sullivan & Worcester UK
Michael Creighton, Head of Export Credit Finance, Nedbank CIB
Louis Du Plessis, Head of Corporate & FI Trade Sales, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB); Board Member, African Regional Committee, ITFA
Wildu du Plessis, Partner, Head of Africa, Baker McKenzie
Stephen Duggan, Chief Executive Officer, Housing Africa Corporation
Celeste Fauconnier, Global Markets, Africa, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)
Farid Fezoua, President & Chief Executive Officer, GE Africa
Portia Gumbo-Dube, ?Head of Business Development, Export Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC)
Ed Harkins, Trade & Export Finance Ambassador, South African Chamber of Commerce (SACC)
Rob Hersov, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Invest Africa
Sam Hoexter, Regional Head, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America & India, UK Export Finance
Rt. Hon. Mark Simmonds, Former UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister for Africa; Chairman of the Advisory Board, Invest Africa
Robert Hovenier, Chief Executive Officer, MITCO Group
Boris Jaquet, Regional Head, Distribution & Trading, EMEA, Deutsche Bank
Christian Karam, Director, Africa Trade Finance
Chidinma Lawanson, Consultant, Financial Institutions Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Quan Le, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Binkabi
William Limb, Underwriter, Global Financial Risks, Liberty Specialty Markets
Gerald Low, Director, Senior Relationship Manager Africa, Rabobank
Gary Lowe, Managing Director, Head of Global Credit Insurance Group, Standard Chartered Bank
Stewart Makura, Supply Chain Finance Head & Trade Commodity Finance, Sub-Saharan Africa, Citi
Shannon Manders, Editorial Director, Global Trade Review (GTR)
Alex Marshall, Group Marketing & Compliance Director, Clarke Energy
Maureen Mba, Director, Compliance, Afreximbank
Onyebuchi Memeh, Head of Trade South Africa & Southern Africa, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank
Lodewyk Meyer, Partner, Hogan Lovells
Zhann Meyer, Head of Agricultural Commodities, Nedbank CIB
Guy Michel Rivaud, Senior Relationship Manager, Corporate & Institutional Banking, The Mauritius Commercial Bank
Marcus Miller, Managing Director, Global Lenders Solutions Group Leader, Marsh
Tawanda Mudimbu, Director of Business Development, Asoko Insight
Faruq Muhammad, Managing Director, Structured Export Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
Niren Murugan, Regional Head, Southern Africa, ETG Agri Inputs
Munyaradzi Musamba, Managing Director, Thermal Agriculture
Allan Musona, Senior Advisor, Loita Capital Partners; Founder & CIO, Raindew Commodities
Harveen Narulla, Chief Executive Officer, Kommerce
Dr Nigel Chanakira, Executive Chairman, Success Motivation Institute (Zimbabwe); Former Chairman, Zimbabwe Investment Authority
Mansur Nuruddin, Managing Partner, MNCapital Africa Advisors
Lanre Oloniniyi, Co-Founder, Orbitt
Simon Palmer, Commercial/Business Development Director, CMC di Ravenna
Robert Parson, Partner, Clyde & Co.
Nasreen Patel, Head of Product, Aerobotics
Duarte Pedreira, Head of Trade Finance, Crown Agents Bank; Chair, African Regional Committee, ITFA
Nick Piper, Director, Signal Risk
John Purchase, Chief Executive Officer, Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz)
Mandy Rapson, Consultant, SMME Development, Avocado Vision
Jason Robinson, Senior Analyst, Africa, Oxford Analytica
Jules Samain, Regional Director, West & North Africa, GuarantCo
David Sawyer, Investment Banking Transactor, Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)
Aba Schubert, Founding Partner, Aethel Partners; Co-Founder, Dorae
Yang Sheng, Representative, South Africa Office, Sinosure
Justin Vermaak, Owner/Director, Specialised Agri Solutions (SAS)
Andreas Voss, Chief Country Representative Nigeria, Deutsche Bank
Elena Williams, Trade Director for Southern Africa, UK Department for International Trade (DIT)
Oliver Wright, Director, BPL Global

Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre
Address: Convention Square, 1 Lower Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Telephone/Fax: +27 21 410 5000



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