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Exporting opportunities in Africa are the theme of an event organised by Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) as part of Export Week.

UKTI has teamed up with business leaders across the country for the fourth national Export Week, taking place between Monday 7 April and Friday 11 April.

Export Week is a bi-annual national event which forms part of a drive to double UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020 and get 100,000 more companies exporting.

Growing your business in Africa is a free event at the Hard Day’s Night Hotel in Liverpool on Wednesday 9th April and brings together prominent speakers and experts, as well as companies already trading in Africa, to provide an insight into this rapidly growing market.

The event runs from 10.00am to 2.30pm, with presentations from UKTI Export Champions Clarke Energy, David Connelly – UKTI’s Senior Manager for Southern Africa and International Trade Adviser Lynne Gillen.

There will also be a presentation from Advanced Computer Software about trading in South Africa, a session on Freight Forwarding from Direct Ship, and the opportunity to find out more about opportunities at the International Festival of Business 2014.

Growing your business in Africa will be hosted by Clive Drinkwater, Regional Director, UKTI North West.  He says,

“This event will offer delegates an opportunity to find out about the variety of business prospects available across Africa, covering all aspects of doing business there, and offering the chance to hear from and network with two companies who are already active in Africa.

“Despite the slowdown in the global economy, Africa reported 6.6% growth in 2013. Sub Saharan African growth alone was 5.7%. According to the IMF Sub-Saharan Africa is the second fastest-growing region in the world today, trailing only developing Asia.

“In 2012 Africa imported £10.4billion worth of products from the UK and this has grown from £8.6 billion in 2010. There are opportunities in every sector including construction, chemicals, infrastructure, security, ICT, telecoms, education and training, machinery, electrical and electronic equipment, transport and automotive, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, mining, professional services and consumer products.

“We are delighted to be working as partners with Liverpool Chambers of Commerce to help deliver this exciting event.  In addition, the The International Festival for Business taking place in Liverpool during June and July is a wonderful opportunity for businesses to network, share and learn about the fantastic opportunities that exist, and UKTI will be hosting an IFB event on Africa this summer which I hope businesses will also consider attending.

Andy Snell, Director of International Trade, Liverpool Chambers of Commerce, said

“Liverpool Chamber of Commerce members, even those with long established exporting experience have shown a great appetite to get involved with Export Week, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the fast emerging economies that will be their customers of the future. They have taken up the challenge we set them to ‘Get fit for the IFB’ and the momentum is really gathering apace now for the International Festival for Business.

“UKTI and the British Chambers of Commerce have invested in a global network which offers practical support to exporters wanting to access new markets, we are bringing that network here to Liverpool for IFB and I urge all Merseyside businesses to get involved in Export Week to find out more and ensure you are fully prepared for the summer.”

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