Event Name: BRICS-Africa WBA Trade Conference
(marks the finishing line of a BRICS WBA 2023 trade and investment journey).
Venue: Durban ICC (KwaZulu-Natal Province)
Date: 20 – 21 August 2023 (22-23 Aug: BRICS Business Forum, 24 Aug: BRICS Heads of State Summit)

Key Highlights:

  • 18 COUNTRIES AND 500 Women-owned and MSME businesses (South Africa, Brazil, Russia, India, China, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Zambia, DRC, Egypt, Ghana, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana and Zimbabwe)
  • Hosting the first physical meeting of BRICS WBA national chapters.
  • Key BRICS WBA initiatives to be launched during the conference include;
    • BRICS Center for Labour Mobility and Education Services “Work and Study” initiated by the Russian Chapter and developed in partnership with the South African Chapter of BRICS WBA.
    • Agrowex™ digital agriculture e-commerce platform, a BRICS WBA 2023 National Deliverable initiated and executed by the South African Chapter of BRICS Women’s Business Alliance.
  • Gala Dinner gala dinner in honour of BRICS and African Women Uniting through Trade and Investment during South African Women’s Month commemoration marking the first eGoli BRICS Women Development Declaration. Declaration and launch during August month are in honour of the 1956 Women who carried the torch and fought for a socially oppressive system.
  • 21 August will see through the closure of the conference marked as a signing ceremony for concluded trade, investment and capacity-building deals secured between South African businesses and each BRIC country.
  • The conference will provide delegates with networking opportunities to connect and collaborate, alongside an exhibition area showcasing a range of agriculture technologies, handicrafts, African fabrics, creative works of art from the industry, and more.
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