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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Email: Elisabeth Spry at


Event Coordinator

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Privacy Policy

Our privacy commitments

This Privacy Policy outlines the information we may collect about you in relation to your use of our websites, events, related publications and services (“personal data”) and how we may use that personal data. It also outlines the methods by which we and our service providers may (subject to necessary consents) monitor your online behaviour to deliver customised advertisements, marketing materials and other tailored services. This Privacy Policy also tells you how you can verify the accuracy of your personal data and how you can request that we delete or update it.

This Privacy Policy applies to all websites operated by Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd (as indicated on the relevant website).

This privacy statement does not cover the activities of third parties, and you should consult those third-party sites’ privacy policies for information on how your data is used by them.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by e-mail to or by writing to Data Protection Officer at, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, United Kingdom. Alternatively, you can telephone our London headquarters at +44 (0) 20 8673 9666.

Who are we?

Established in 2002 and with offices in London and Singapore, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd is the world’s leading trade and trade finance media company, offering information, news, events and services for companies and individuals involved in global trade.

Our principal business activities are:

  • Business-to-Business financial publishing. We provide a range of products and services focused on international commodities, export, supply chain and trade finance markets including magazines, newsletters, electronic information and data
  • Organisers of seminars, conferences, training courses and exhibitions for the finance industry

Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd is a company registered in the United Kingdom with company number 4407327 | VAT Registration: 799 1585 59

Data Protection Policy

This Data Protection Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

Why do we collect information from you?

Our primary goal in collecting personal data from you is to give you an enjoyable customised experience whilst allowing us to provide services and features that will meet your needs.
We collect certain personal data from you, which you give to us when using our Site and/or registering or subscribing for our products and services. However, we also give you the option to access our Sites’ home pages without subscribing or registering or disclosing your personal data.

We also collect certain personal data from other group companies to whom you have given information through their websites (including, by way of example, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd and subsidiaries, in accordance with the purposes listed below). Should we discover that any such personal data has been delivered to any of the Sites, we will remove that information as soon as possible.

Why this policy exists

This Data Protection Policy ensures Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd:

  • Complies with data protection law and follow good practice
  • Protects the rights of staff, customers and partners
  • Is open about how it stores and processes individuals’ data
  • pretexts itself from the risk of a data breach

We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Data protection law

The Data Protection Act 1998 described how organisations – including Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd – must collect, handle and store personal information. These rules apply regardless of whether data is stored electronically, on paper or on other materials. To comply with the law, personal information collected must be stored safely, not disclosed unlawfully and used fairly.

The Data Protection Act is underpinned by eight important principles. These say that personal data must:

  • Be processed fairly and lawfully
  • Be obtained only for specific, lawful purposes
  • Be adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Be accurate and kept up to date
  • Not be held for any longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects
  • Be protected in appropriate ways
  • Not be transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA), unless that country of territory also ensures an adequate level of protection

How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you when you use our website, for example, when you contact us about products and services, when you register for an event, register to receive eNewsletters, subscribe or register for a trial to our GTR magazine/website.

 Types of Personal Data Held and its Use

1.      Customer Services and Administration

On some Sites, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd collects personal data such as your name, job title, department, company, e-mail, phone, work and/or home address, in order to register you for access to certain content, subscriptions and events. In addition, we may also store information including IP address and page analytics, including information regarding what pages are accessed, by whom and when.

This information is used to administer and deliver to you the products and/or services you have requested, to operate our Sites efficiently and improve our service to you, and to retain records of our business transactions and communications. By using the Sites and submitting personal information through the registration process you are agreeing that we may collect, hold, process and use your information (including personal information) for the purpose of providing you with the Site services and developing our business, which shall include (without limitation) the purposes described in the below paragraphs.

2.      Monitoring use of our Sites

Where, as part of our Site services, we enable you to post information or materials on our Site, we may access and monitor any information which you upload or input, including in any password-protected sections. Subject to any necessary consents, we also monitor and/or record the different Sites you visit and actions taken on those Sites, e.g. content viewed or searched for. If you are a registered user (e.g. a subscriber or taking a trial), when you log on, this places a cookie on your machine. This enables your access to content and services that

are not publicly available. Once you are logged on, the actions you take – for example, viewing an article – will be recorded (subject to any necessary consents). We may use technology or a service provider to do this for us. This information may be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  • to fulfil our obligations to you;
  • to improve the efficiency, quality and design of our Sites and services;
  • to see which articles, features and services are most read and used
  • to track compliance with our terms and conditions of use, e.g. to ensure that you are acting within the scope of your user licence;
  • for marketing purposes (subject to your rights to opt-in and opt-out of receiving certain marketing communications) – see paragraph 3 below;
  • for advertising purposes, although the information used for these purposes does not identify you personally. Please see paragraph 5 below for more details;
  • to protect or comply with our legal rights and obligations; and
  • to enable our journalists to contact and interact with you online in connection with any content you may post to our Sites.

Please see paragraph 5 below for more information on cookies and similar technologies and a link to a page where you can turn them on or off.

3.      Marketing

Some of your personal data collected under paragraphs 1 and 2 above may be used by us to contact you by e-mail, telephone and/or post for sending information or promotional material on our products and/or services and/or those of our other group companies. We give you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving marketing communications. Further detail can be found on the applicable Site and in the footer of each marketing communication sent by us, our group companies or service providers. See also “Consents and opt-outs” section below. We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

4.      Profiling

We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you.

5.      Cookies and similar technologies

All our Sites use cookies and similar technical tools to collect information about your access to the Site and the services we provide.

What is a cookie?

When you enter some sites, your computer will be issued with a cookie. Cookies are text files that identify your computer to servers. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, just the computer used.

Many sites do this whenever a user visits their site in order to track traffic flows, recording those areas of the site that have been visited by the computer in question, and for how long.

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. Selecting not to receive means that certain personalised services Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd offers cannot then be provided to that user.


Why do we use cookies?

  1. Log In – Where we provide log in mechanisms for site users a cookie is created at login and for the duration of the session. Each cookie contains a unique reference number only (no personal information) which is used to confirm you are authorised.
  2. Analytics – To allow us to keep track of traffic to our website we use cookies. The cookies simply tell us if you have previously visited our website so we can get more accurate figures for New vs Returning visitors.

Find and control your cookies

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We may use cookies to:

  • remember that you have used the Site before; this means we can identify the number of unique visitors we receive to different parts of the Site. This allows us to make sure we have enough capacity for the number of users that we get and make sure that the Site runs fast enough
  • remember your login session so you can move from one page to another within the Site;
  • store your preferences or your user name and password so that you do not need to input these details every time you visit the Site;
  • customise elements of the layout and/or content of the pages of Site for you;
  • record activity on our Sites so that we understand how you use our Sites enabling us to better tailor our content, services and marketing to your needs;
  • collect statistical information about how you use the Site so that we can improve the Site; and
  • gather information about the pages on the Site that you visit, and other information about other websites that you visit, so as to place you in a “market segment”. This information is only collected by reference to the IP address that you are using, but does include information about the county and city you are in, together with the name of your internet service provider.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that, or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies in general by visiting which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different types of browser. Please note however, that by blocking, deleting or turning off cookies used on the Site you may not be able to take full advantage of the Site.

6.      E-mail tracking

E-mail tracking is a method for monitoring the e-mail delivery to those subscribers who have opted-in to receive marketing e-mails from GTR, including GTR Africa, GTR Asia, GTR Americas, GTR Europe, GTR Mena, GTR eNews, Third party e-mails and GTR Ventures.

Why do we track e-mails?

So that we can better understand our users’ needs, we track responses, subscription behaviour and engagement to our e-mails – for example, to see which links are the most popular in newsletters. They enable us to understand the consumers journey through metrics including open rate, click-through rate, bounces and unsubscribes. Any other purposes for which Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd wishes to use your personal data will be notified to you and your personal data will not be used for any such purpose without obtaining your prior consent.

How do you track GTR eNewsletters?

To do this, we use pixel GIFs, also known as “pixel tags” – these are small image files that are placed within the body of our e-mail messages. When that image is downloaded from our web servers, the e-mail is recorded as being opened. By using some form of digitally time-stamped record to reveal the exact time and date that an e-mail was received or opened, as well the IP address of the recipient.

7.      Consents and opt-outs

You can give your consent to opt-out of all or any particular uses of your data as indicated above by:

  • Indicating at the point on the relevant Site where personal data is collected
  • Informing us by e-mail, post or phone
  • Updating your preferences on the applicable Site or eNewsletter (unsubscribe and preference options are available in the footer of each eNewsletter)

To turn cookies and similar technologies on and off, see the information in paragraph 5 above. Any questions regarding consents and opt-outs should be sent by e-mail to or by writing to Data Protection Officer at, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, United Kingdom. Alternatively, you can telephone our London headquarters at +44 (0) 20 8673 9666.

8.      Disclosures

Information collected at one Site may be shared between Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd and other group companies for the purposes listed above.

We may transfer, sell or assign any of the information described in this policy to third parties as a result of a sale, merger, consolidation, change of control, transfer of assets or reorganisation of our business.

9.      Public forums, message boards and blogs

Some of our Sites may have a message board, blogs or other facilities for user generated content available and users can participate in these facilities. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should always be careful when deciding to disclose your personal information.

10.  Data outside the EEA

Services on the Internet are accessible globally so collection and transmission of personal data is not always limited to one country. Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd may transfer your personal data, for the above-listed purposes to other third parties, which may be located outside the European Economic Area and/or with a different level of personal data protection. However, when conducting transfers, we take all necessary steps to ensure that your data is treated reasonably, securely and in accordance with this Privacy Statement.

Who has access to your information?

Confidentiality and Security of Your Personal Data

We are committed to keeping the data you provide us secure and will take reasonable precautions to protect your personal data from loss, misuse or alteration.

However, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features described above to try to prevent unauthorised access.

We have implemented information security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from:

  • unauthorised access
  • improper use or disclosure
  • unauthorised modification
  • unlawful destruction or accidental loss

All our employees, contractors and data processors (i.e. those who process your personal data on our behalf, for the purposes listed above), who have access to, and are associated with the processing of your personal data, are obliged to keep the information confidential and not use it for any other purpose than to carry out the services they are performing for us.


Everyone who works for or with Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd has some responsibility for ensuring data is collected, stored and handled appropriately. Each team handling personal data must ensure that it is handled and processed in line with this policy and data protection principles. However, the following people have key areas of responsibility. The board of directors is ultimately responsible for ensuring that Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd meets its legal obligations.

Name of Data Controller

The Data Controller is Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd. Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd is subject to the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and is registered in the UK with the Information Commissioner`s Office.

How to access, update and erase your personal information

If you wish to know whether we are keeping personal data about you, or if you have an enquiry about our privacy policy or your personal data held by us, in relation to any of the Sites, you can contact the Data Protection Officer via:

  • By writing to this address: Data Protection Officer, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8673 9666
  • E-mail:

Upon request, we will provide you with a readable copy of the personal data which we keep about you. We may require proof of your identity and may charge a small fee (not exceeding the statutory maximum fee that can be charged) to cover administration and postage.

Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd allows you to challenge the data that we hold about you and, where appropriate in accordance with applicable laws, you may have your personal information:

  • erased
  • rectified or amended
  • completed

Disclosing data for other reasons

In certain circumstances, the Data Protection Act allows personal data to be disclosed to law enforcement agencies without the consent of the data subject. Under these circumstances, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, will disclose requested data. However, the Data Controller will ensure the request is legitimate, seeking assistance from the board and from the company’s legal advisors where necessary.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

We will occasionally update this Privacy Statement to reflect new legislation or industry practice, group company changes and customer feedback. We encourage you to review this Privacy Statement periodically to be informed of how we are protecting your personal data.

Providing information

Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd aims to ensure that individuals are aware that their data is being processed, and that they understand.

  • How the data is being used
  • How to exercise their rights

To this end, the company has a privacy statement, setting out how data relating to individuals is used by the company. This is available on request and available on the company’s website.

Review of this policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Privacy Statement was last updated in April 2018.

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