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Exclusive Invitation to the Africa Expo 2022 in Malaysia

The ASEAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)My Events International, and The YD Company are inviting African Fashion and Beauty companies with a desire to break into the Asian market to the Africa Expo 2022 in Malaysia.

The Africa Expo 2022 is a multi-industry exhibition and networking event in a complete showcase of an array of sectors from more than 28 African countries and more than 30 Asian countries. Set to hold from the 14th – 20th July 2022 at The World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the high-level 6-day event will be dedicated to the local and international industry stakeholders to explore the business opportunities and to learn the latest needs of the world today.

The exhibition has been designed to create an avenue for African brands to upscale and expand their market shares within Africa and Asia. It has been designed to foster the mutual trade operations between the two continents embarking on the opening of their emerging economies.

Featuring top industry experts, thought leaders, financial advisers, and knowledgeable speakers across various sectors, as well as exhibitors from the African nations, ASEAN, and the Asia Pacific, they will be providing their wealth of knowledge in international businesses, ease of export and import, access to finance, access to the Asian market, standardized of products and many more.

The Africa Expo 2022 is projected to host approximately 200 companies, 500 trade delegates, and 10,000 visitors at the 6-day event. The Africa Expo 2022 aims to become the most important platform for high-level diplomacy to take place in Malaysia and is positive about receiving support from the Malaysian Government, respective African Embassies located in this region, and other trade-related bodies.

Speaking on behalf of the organizers, Hema Kandy, CEO of MyEvents International shared the plans and projections for the event. she said “The Africa Expo is well on its way to becoming the number one platform to cater to businesses across such a wide range of industries and countries at the same time. We are committed to providing all the necessary help and support for brand owners and even their customers across Africa and Asia. We are optimistic about the 6-day event which will cover many areas of a business exhibition on an international level.

Yetty Ogunnubi, CEO of The YD Company (YD Limited) expressed the importance of her Alliance with the organizers of the Africa Expo. In her words, “Our partnership with the Africa Expo is a major game-changer for African businesses. The exposure and growth opportunities that come with the platform are enormous and economically viable. Our goal is to promote African brands, focusing on the fashion and beauty industries to attract partnerships, investment opportunities, and sales. The Africa Expo is arguably the biggest platform for African and Asian brands. We are not only creating business opportunities for African brands; we are also giving them an opportunity to generate highly targeted and lucrative business leads”.

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Africa Expo 2022 Secretariat,

Selangor, Malaysia

G E T  I N  T O U C H

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available. Please contact africaexpo2022@yettyd.com for more information visit the website www.africa-xpo.com

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ECA West Africa Engages with More Than 350 Coalition Partners to Support Women and Youth’s Entrepreneurship in the Region

Lagos (Nigeria), September 23, 2021 – The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), through its Subregional Office for West Africa (SRO-WA), in collaboration with Compass Global Consulting kickstarted a 3-day hybrid Regional Business Forum on the 21st of September 2021 in Lagos, Nigeria. Themed “Empowering Women Youths to Spur Africa’s Transformation Agenda”, sector champions in various industries have been partaking to be a part of this Regional Business Forum structured around high-level meetings, consultations with Business Champions, the youth, and women in the West African business ecosystems.

The Forum which is in partnership with more than 350 coalition partners has witnessed an immense turnover of positive feedback from the opening ceremony. It started with opening remarks by Dr. Vera Songwe, Under-Secretary-General and ECA Executive Secretary who explained that “The purpose of this conversation is how we can bring the West African woman to leverage the knowledge, the innovation that exists, leverage the vibrancy they have and ensure they can take their businesses one notch higher to the global sub-region and take advantage of markets that are further beyond in the east and the west”.

Dr. Vera Songwe said “In a crisis, the first thing we want to do is ensure we prevent good businesses from falling below and focus a lot on retention. Africa, in particular, the West African region, has the population dynamics working for it. The African population is estimated at 1.3 million in 2020 of which over 250 million is the youth and it is estimated that 10 million to 12 million are entering the workforce every year but only 3.1 million of them find jobs”. 

“AfCFTA stands to grow Africa’s GDP by an additional one trillion dollars to deliver on what is needed: first unlocking our borders, building value chains, and making sure the African women all work together to create the supply chain for textile, fashion, for agro-industry and essentially grow the value of the products and earn more from that and also they can become sub-regional and wider continental and international businesses and not limited to the geographies in which we exist today”, added the Executive Secretary of ECA.

The Honorable Minister of Finance, Mrs. Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed during her session, emphasized why it’s imperative for society to empower youth and women. “We are hopeful, that this will be an effective avenue for empowering youths and women entrepreneurs and address the unemployment challenges we have in Africa, as well as address the need to create jobs”, speaking on the AfCFTA leverage.

Highlighting the major gaps in the African educational systems and they affect productivity, Mrs. Ngone Diop, Sub Regional Director, West Africa Office – UNECA, said “the region capacity of innovation remains weak mainly because of the deficiencies in the education systems”. 

The representative of ECOWAS said that his organization will always be mindful of the roles women andyouths play in economic development”. This is to reinstate ECOWAS’ commitment to women and youth empowerment.

Day 1 was fully packed with high-level delegates and insightful sessions and speeches that are bound to create major mind shifts to aid women and youth inclusion and advancement in Africa and the world at large.

For more information, please contact Tahirou Gouro, Communications Officer, ECA- SRO/WA

Email: gouro2@un.org

Sub-Regional Office for West Africa

428 Avenue du Fleuve Niger

B.P. 744

Niamey, Niger

Website: www.uneca.org