A positive outlook for Africa’s cosmetics industry

The Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association of South Africa (CTFA) has secured leading international and local experts to speak at The Cosmetic Industry Summit: Breaking Barriers in Africa. The presentations and panel discussions will deliberate ways to stimulate harmonisation and ease trade within the African continent.

The summit, organised by the CTFA on behalf of the South African cosmetics industry, is being launched for the first time in South Africa. It involves a partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), as well as support from the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and the greater cosmetics industry. The summit will take place at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton, Johannesburg on 16 and 17 October. 

Keynote address and global experts

Prof. Lyal White of Johannesburg Business School
Prof. Lyal White

Professor Lyal White, senior director of the Johannesburg Business School (JBS) will open the summit with a keynote address on Africa’s Political Economy and Outlook. With a Pan-African focus on growing and scaling small and medium sized businesses, JBS is committed to innovative business education with a purpose, toward a sustained contextual impact.

Xoliswa Jafta, IDC’s senior economist
Xoliswa Jafta

Xoliswa Jafta, IDC’s senior economist of economic research and information, will focus on barriers to trade in Africa from an economic perspective.

Wamkele Keabetswe Mene of the dti
Wamkele Keabetswe Mene

Wamkele Keabetswe Mene, chief director, Africa multilateral economic relations, international trade and economic relations at the dti, will discuss the impact of Africa multilateral trade agreements, specifically the African Continental Free Trade Agreement – afCFTA – and the implications for business across Africa.

Dr Gerald Renner, Cosmetics Europe
Dr Gerald Renner

Dr Gerald Renner, director of technical regulatory affairs at Cosmetics Europe in Belgium will share a regulatory overview, trends analysis and synergies between Europe, America, China and Asia.

A must attend event for the cosmetics industry

Online registration for the summit is open. This event is expected to be attended by delegates from South Africa and many other countries across the African continent.

The preliminary summit programme and full speaker line-up are also available online. The programme will focus on technical barriers to trade and the panel discussions will unpack viable solutions and ideas on convergence for optimal trade across the various African countries.

This summit promises to be an opportunity that should not be missed for all who are looking at business in Africa.