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S/Africa: African states support intra-Africa trade at Indaba - Premier

APA-Pretoria (South Africa)

South Africa’s Gauteng Provincial Government has hosted an Intra-Africa Trade and Investment Indaba to promote trade among African states.

Themed “African sub-regions and cities, future hubs of International Trade and Investment, Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development,” the Indaba (gathering) was held in the administrative capital of Pretoria on Friday.

The re-industrialisation of Africa is one of the top priorities of the Gauteng Provincial Government, according to Gauteng Premier David Makhura during the meeting.

In this regard, he said, efforts have been stepped up for the promotion of the integration of the continent to facilitate trade and commerce, as well as the movement of people, goods and services across the African region.

“We must pay greater attention to economic diplomacy by ensuring that we increase intra-Africa trade above the current levels of around 12 percent to at least 50 percent over the next decade,” Makhura said.

The indaba was attended by ambassadors, the African and the international investment community, Chambers of Commerce and Industry and policymakers based within the African continent.

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