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South Africa: IATF nearly hits $40bn target as fair ends in Durban

By Xolisa Phillip, in Johannesburg
Posted on Thursday, 25 November 2021 16:43

Heads of state at IATC line up for a photo on 15 November 2021 (Photo: Xolisa Philip)
Heads of state at IATC line up for a photo on 15 November 2021 (Photo supplied by IATF2021.)

Tapped at the last-minute to host the continent’s leading trade fair, Durban has risen to the occasion and exceeded targets, according to the Intra-African Trade Fair (IATF) 2021 organisers.  

The South African coastal city, which is situated in KwaZulu-Natal, assumed hosting duties four months before the event was scheduled to take place, after Kigali failed to construct an exhibition centre on time.

46 African countries were represented at different exhibition stands that were erected at the Durban International Convention Centre. In total, 128 countries were represented at IATF 2021, taking into consideration the delegates, exhibitors, buyers, and speakers.