Expert speakers to present at CTFA industry summit

The Cosmetic Industry Summit: Breaking Barriers in Africa will take place on 13 and 14 May, in Sandton, Johannesburg. The CTFA has secured leading international and local experts to speak at the summit.

Organised by the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association (CTFA) on behalf of the South African cosmetics industry, the inaugural summit involves a partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC). It has also received support from the Department of Trade and Industry (dti) and the greater cosmetics industry. The summit will take place at the IDC Conference Centre, located on Fredman Drive in Sandton, where presenters and panel discussions will deliberate ways to stimulate harmonisation and ease trade within the African continent.

    The summit will provide an excellent opportunity for networking. If you are interested in registering for the summit, please visit the CTFA website for more information.

Keynote addresses

After an official welcome from the chairperson of the CTFA, the summit will kick off with a keynote presentation by Dr Martyn Davies, managing director, emerging markets at Africa, Deloitte & Touche. Dr Davies will shine a ‘Spotlight on Africa Trade Risk’ in his presentation. This will be followed by a statistical overview of the beauty and personal care sectors on the African continent by Euromonitor International’s research analyst, Gugu Mahlangu.

Later in the day on day one, Dr Hermogene Nsengimana, secretary general of the African Organisation for Standardisation, will enlighten delegates on African Standards, Conformity Assessment & Procedures to reduce technical barriers to trade.

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The keynote speaker confirmed for day two of the seminar is Dr Gerald Renner, director of technical regulatory affairs at Cosmetics Europe in Belgium. Dr Renner will share a regulatory overview, trends analysis and discussion on the synergies between Europe, America, China and Asia.

Panel discussions

A large portion of the programme is centred on panel discussions, featuring industry experts from Africa and abroad.

On day one of the summit, one of the panel discussions will focus on barriers to trade in Africa. Members of the panel include:

•          Xoliswa Jafta, IDC’s senior economist: economic research and information department, speaking on barriers to trade from an economic perspective

•          Charles Azuka, head of global product stewardship, P&G sub-Saharan Africa: regulatory, human safety, clinical, market entry and expansion, speaking on barriers to trade from a business perspective

•          Brian Mureverwi, trade advisor, dti African Union, speaking on barriers to trade from a trade and legislative perspective.

On day two of the summit, one of the panel discussions will focus on possible convergence solutions in terms of harmonisation and breaking barriers in Africa, facilitated by Ian Patterson, CEO, strategist and strategic change facilitator, SMC Group. The speakers featured on this panel discussion include:

•          Richard Sadiki, SABS international relations specialist (SADCSTAN and ARSO), speaking on harmonisation through standards for optimal trade

•          Dr Renner, speaking about the practicalities of globally harmonised regulations/standards

•          a representative from the AfCFTA Committee discussing the future role of AfCFTA in the African Convergence

•          a representative from the South African National Department of Health talking about South Africa in the African convergence. •