New Date Confirmed for Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2021)

The second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2021) is now set to take place from 8 to 14 December 2021. African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), the African Union (AU), and the Government of Rwanda have decided to shift the date of the continental trade fair, to allow for a broader roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines across the continent and ensure that the event is held under the most optimal health conditions.

The decision was made at the extraordinary meeting of the IATF2021 Advisory Council held virtually on 18
March 2021. The new date will enable organizers to take stock of all the latest safety precautions, allow for wider roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, and to put in place effective COVID-19 safety and prevention
Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, IATF2021 Advisory Council Chairman and former President of Nigeria, said that the new date would also give countries and businesses more time to prepare for IATF2021.
“Our intent is that all participants garner the full benefits of the abundant networking, trade, and investment opportunities that will arise at IATF2021. Despite the COVID- 19 pandemic, there is a lot of enthusiasm for the event. The extra time is given to preparatory activities and effective roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines will allow IATF2021 to be held under favorable conditions, giving more confidence to participating governments, exhibitors, buyers, conference delegates, and other visitors,” said Chief Obasanjo.

“IATF2021 will bring together continental and global players to showcase and exhibit their goods and services and explore business and investment opportunities enabled by the single market created by the African Continental Free
Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to accelerate Africa’s integration and industrialization
agenda,” he added. 

Organized by Afreximbank in collaboration with the African Union and hosted by the Government of Rwanda, IATF2021 will play a crucial role in assisting and enabling businesses and corporates across Africa to share trade and market information and conclude business deals that are critical in supporting the implementation of the

About the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF2021)
The second edition of the biennial Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) will take place in Kigali from 8 to 14 December 2021. IATF2021 will provide a platform that will allow trade under the African Continental Free Trade Agreement. It will serve as a marketplace that will bring together continental and global buyers and sellers. It will enable stakeholders to share trade, investment, and market information as well as trade finance and trade facilitation solutions designed to support intra-African trade and African economic integration. In addition to establishing a business-to-business and a business-to-government exchange platform for business deals and advisory services, IATF2021 will also operate IATF2021 Virtual, an interactive online platform accessible to all. It will also focus on Africa’s creative economy as well as the automotive industry with dedicated programs. A Conference will run alongside the exhibition and will feature high-profile speakers and panelists addressing topical issues relating to trade, trade finance, payments, trade facilitation, trade-enabling infrastructure, trade standards, industrialization, regional value chains, and investment.

To register as a delegate or as an exhibitor for IATF2021, please visit:

For further information please contact:

Ms. Faith Adhiambo | Communications Officer-Agenda 2063 | African Union Commission


Afrexim Bank Amadou Labba Sall:

Media Contact

Elydora Matubanzila – Communications Officer


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