In November 2011, the Irish Exporters Association produced an African trade strategy which focused on investment promotion, analysis and institutional support for trade in services, business support services and institutions, public-private sector networking for Irish and African businesses, e-commerce, trade finance, trade promotion, market analysis and development.

Arising from this, the IEA set up an Africa Business Forum initiative with the aim of encourage new entrants into the Africa market and supporting those already active there, adding to the good work of the Irish embassies across Africa and the Enterprise Ireland staff already on the ground there.”

While the ABF programme itself finished in December 2015, the IEA continues to assist its members in building trade with Africa by:

  • Holding events during the year looking at the opportunities and challenges of trading with Africa and exploring topics such as: market opportunities; risk analysis; taxation, customs and compliance; logistics and branding and marketing
  • Connecting companies exporting to, or with the potential of exporting to, Africa.
  • Identifying key issues for IEA policy and lobbying
  • Developing trusted networks including Irish and African governments and government agencies to assist the validation of distributors and potential partners and also to facilitate customs and compliance issues.

Please click on the Events tab to the left of the screen for further details of the IEA’s Africa focused activities.