The upcoming Inaugural African Women Conference and Expo, hosted by the African Women in Trade, has been scheduled to take place from 20 to 22 October 2022 at the Cape Town City Hall in Cape Town, South Africa.

The event aims to build  strong and sustainable value chains in the continent and the globally. Through partnership of different organisational networks, women and youth businesses will be showcasing their products and services at the Expo. The event will attract different  stakeholders in the supply  value chain.

The social enterprise, Africa Women in Trade, was created by the need for African women in Europe to support Africa women and youth MSMEs; share information; create market access; link investors and funders; share skills; and form sustainable partnerships to usurp opportunities flowing from the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

Our vision is to create a platform to connect and enable Africa women and youth to trade successfully in a conducive environment under AfCFTA since they constitute the biggest number of owners of the small and medium enterprises. Our mission is to create a network where African women and youth can access information on the AfCFTA; provide market access regionally, nationally, and globally; and offer capacity building; and provide them with access to capital through grants and investments.

The event has been honoured to have  secured Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, South Africa’s Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and former African Union Commission’s Chairperson who championed Agenda 2063,  as one of the guest speakers.


  • To provide a network of Africa women in trade
  • Create Access to Africa and global markets  
  • Enable trading within Africa and globally
  • Creating a conducive environment for exchanging ideas, sharing knowledge, and implementing best practices
  • Provide workshop training to women and Youth 
  • Facilitate robust dialogue and opportunities for business marketing and growth by match making investors and entrepreneurs
  • To be part of policy-formulation mechanism by sharing with government and its institutions challenges as well as good practice in small and medium enterprise development.


  • A registered business and actively trading
  • Ready to trade with and invest in “Made in Africa” service and product brands 
  • Elligibility to travel to South Africa. 


Register to join as a Delegate (free entry) 

Register to exhibit your products or services 

Read more about the event, Trade Tour, Program, Guest Speaker and connect with exhibitors by clicking here.

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For more information, visit our website at


Ms Joy Zenz is the Founder and CEO of African Women in Trade