The second Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF 2021) has been rescheduled to take place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa from November 15 to 21, 2021. The Trade Fair was previously due to be held in Kigali, Rwanda from December 8 to 14, 2021.
The decision to move the trade fair to Durban was made by the Advisory Council of IATF2021 and was arrived at after formal consultations with the Government of Rwanda, who indicated that logistical constraints related to the COVID-19 pandemic had adversely affected the progress of construction of a new facility to host the event.
„Relocating IATF 2021 to Durban will enable African countries and corporates to take full advantage of the Trade Fair.“
Commenting on the decision, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, IATF 2021 Advisory Council Chairman and former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, stated: "Relocating IATF 2021 to Durban saves us time on the calendar and will enable African countries and corporates, as part of their recovery strategy, to take full advantage of the Trade Fair, which is also an important component of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement under which trading commenced this year."