African buyers and sellers are expected to meet at the third annual Made in Africa Conference on 13 March 2024, sponsored by ABSA.

Judah Mphela.

Judah Mphela. Supplied by ABSA

“Africa has the second largest population in the world. We have a combined GDP of more than USD3-trillion, which is growing at almost twice the global average. We have the youngest population compared to other continents. Let’s unleash the potential through inter Africa trading!” says Judah Mphela, head of ABSA Business Banking Africa Regions.

Made in Africa’s objective is to encourage people to “buy Africa, for Africa”. The conference programme is designed to provide local suppliers with a practical roadmap to access cross-border trade opportunities and strengthen African trade linkages.

The event also gained support and recognition from governments, regulatory agencies and business enablers who are committed to expanding the platform to boost local economies.

Highlights of this year’s Made in Africa Conference programme include a presentation that will delve into investment opportunities in Africa as well a session covering the steps needed to build a robust supplier network on the continent.

The 2024 Made in Africa Conference will run alongside the Africa Supply Chain in Action (ASCA) event, Africa’s largest virtual conference for procurement and inbound supply chain professionals, which is now in its fourth year and will be held under the theme “Unity in Diversity – Connecting African Supply Chains”. To find out more or to register to attend ASCA and the Made in Africa Conference, visit the ASCA website.