Africa Halal Week 2019 – where business and opportunity meet | Western Cape Government


Africa Halal Week 2019 – where business and opportunity meet

22 August 2019
The hugely succesful Africa Halal Week is back, returning to Cape Town for a second year to showcase inspiring opportunities presented by the Halal market on the continient, with particular attention on the Halal industry in the Western Cape.
Taking place at the CTICC from the 7-9 October, this event is fast becoming a highlight of the global Halal industry calendar, and an important opportunity to boost the Cape's economy.
Hosted in collaboration with the Western Cape Government's Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the City of Cape Twon and Wesgro, Africa Hala Week will foster business linkages and conversations as well as highlight opportunities spanning across the sectors including Halal FMCG (including halal-certified food, beverages, spices and sauces), Tourism, Islamic Banking, Modest Fashion, Film and Media Promotion, Investment and Trade opportunities is South Africa, Afric and the rest of the Muslim World.
Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier, said, "The Halal market is expected to grow significantly over the next few years, so it makes complete sense that, as a region already producing Halal products, we are tapping into this opportunity to grow our economy and create jobs."
"The recent visa waivers by the Department of Home Affairs for travellers visisting from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates will support trade with these countries. We look forward to further reviews of other countries that might also enjoy the relaxation of visa requirements to support the ease of doing business with the province."
"An estimated R200 million in trade declarations was secured as a direct result of Africa halal Week 2018, so I'd like to encourage interested exhibitors and buyers to register for this year's conference," added Minister Maynier.
Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris, welcomed the announcement of Africa Halal Week 2019 and the focussed effort to grow Halalexports out of the Western Cape.
"In the 2018/19 financial year, Wesgro's international trade team undertook a number of Halal focussed export missions, helping Western Cape companies access the growing Halal market in the rest of Africa and the world. These missions, to countries such as Malaysia, Senegal, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates, have helped companies sign R1,7 billion in trade deals. Africa Halal Week  is a key component of our effort in this regard, as we position ourselves as the Halal export hub of the African continent," added Harris.
In 2018, 66 exhibitors displayed heir products in the food, beverage, fashion and services sectors such as tourism. 20 International buyers of Halal products attended which formed part of the 25 international guests and a total of 777 guests registered for the event. 
Over 20 international buyers from the nine markets have already indicated their intention to attend and engegae with exhibitors at the Africa Halal Week 2019.
The Western Cape Department of Econmic Development and Tourism, together with Wesgro has been working closely with Halal Certification bodies in order to secure the right exhibitors at the event.
In addition to this, on 2 September 2019, between 08:30 - 14:00, Wesgro will set up live registration stations for Halal-certified, Western Cape -based cmpanies in the Halal goods and services industry at the Reserve Bank Building , 60 St George's Mall, 18th Floor, in Cape Town.
On this day exhibitors will be able to secure a stand at a rate of R2,500 ex VAT. Those interested can contact for more. 

For more informationon this event and how to register as an exhibitor, visit

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Francine Higham
Spokesperson for the Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities
Tel: 021 483 4327
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