Under the theme THINK EASTERN CAPE … THINK OPPORTUNITIES, the plenary,  focussed break-away electives and concurrently held workshops (over two days) will deal with research and expert analysis to assist exporters grow new markets and deeper penetrate existing ones.  During plenary specific focus is placed on the latest updates and intricacies related to trade agreements including AfCFTA, BRICS, AGOA, EU and UK.  These topics are presented by global experts, including international trade representatives.

The Eastern Cape seeks to extend its markets for both existing and new products in a range of sectors, some of which already demonstrate the quality of produce and efficient global distribution achieved through the region’s committed supplychain, including industry and government at all levels. These sectors include, but are not limited to, automotive, agriculture (automotive, livestock, mohair, wool, citrus, timber, tea and agri-processing), renewables and digital trade.

Plenary sessions run over two days (21 and 22 August) incorporating a compelling line-up of policy and trade experts. The plenary sessions – of value cross-sectorally – will take place each morning, with  focussed elective streams and workshops taking place concurrently in the afternoons. Workshops are to be booked separately, in addition to plenary attendance.

There is no cost to attend the symposium, elective streams and  workshops, but registration is essential.  Teas and Lunch will be served to all registered delegates.


Numerous stakeholders play a role in optimising exports from the region. The program provides these roleplayers, exporters, partners and potential investors with a comprehensive and complete, multi-disciplinary view of the trends, new developments, opportunities, strengths and improvement areas that define and drive the export ambition.

Prospective and existing exporters require uptodate information on available support services, resources and policy movements that promote export growth. Fresh among these is the African Continental Free Trade Area, AGOA, BRICS, EU and UK trade agreements.

Day 2 places focus on the Eastern Cape’s specific attractiveness, incentives and export products – which present opportunities to both exporters and investors.