Virtual Trade Mission to Botswana, Senegal, South Africa and Côte d’Ivoire

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Global Affairs Canada in collaboration with the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business hosted the first virtual trade mission to Africa for Canadian women entrepreneurs from February 21st to 24th, 2022. We are pleased that Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development opened the trade mission along with senior Canadian and foreign officials on February 21st , 2022.   

Free of charge this virtual mission brought together a delegation of 25 Canadian women-owned and -operated companies to network and discuss business opportunities with decision-makers and government officials from Botswana, Senegal, South Africa and Côte d'Ivoire, primarily in the renewable energy and information and communications technology sectors.     

The African markets are open for business. On January 1, 2021, the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) came into force, opening up African markets and additionally, Canada has in place ten Foreign Investment Protection Agreements with countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2020, the Business Council of Canada estimated that exports opportunities in Africa could reach USD 6.6 billion in 2030. To learn more about the African markets, we invite you to join this mission to deepen your understanding and grow your businesses on the African continent.


Minister Mary Ng and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau among delegates at a Canada-Africa Chamber signing ceremony (2020) during a previous in-person trade mission to various African markets.

Banner Image - Delegates engaged as Minister Ng addressing the 21st Annual Mining Breakfast during PDAC 2020      

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