Intra-African trade fair – the meeting place for heavy vehicle decision-makers
African car industry and policy makers will meet to discuss how the automotive sector can boost industrialization on the continent.
According to Automotive Show coordinator Andrew Binning, CEO of Inkanyezi Events, the Automotive Forum will feature a roundtable of heads of state from several countries considering automotive industrialization. These should include Ghana, Rwanda, Egypt, Kenya and South Africa. The President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) HE Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo was asked to moderate the Round Table.
“The Forum has drawn African heads of state, industry leaders and industrialists around this agenda, but the wider exposure, matchmaking and networking opportunities will connect raw material suppliers , vehicles, auto parts, service and technology with buyers across Africa, ” Binning said.
Some of the global brands exhibiting include Nissan, Isuzu, EL Industries International, Bosch Automotive, Manelise Group, Medaturist Nigeria, DataDot, Maxe, AAAM and the German Automobile Industry Association, among others.
Binning said the Forum was formed by the African Association of Automobile Manufacturers (AAAM) and would include presentations from AAAM President Mike Whitfield and the President of Nissan’s Africa Business Unit.
Speakers of the Automotive Forum will address six key themes for the sustainable and viable development of automotive manufacturing on the continent, over two days on November 16 and 17.
AAAM Executive Director Dave Coffey said the auto show and forum at the IATF provided “a critical opportunity for policymakers and auto makers across the continent to refine a common understanding and d ‘deepen relationships.
“The Automotive Forum will connect this range of important players and pave the way for an African automotive manufacturing supply chain that can optimize the new African free trade agreement. “