Trade Mission to South Africa and Nigeria

11 - 15 September 2017


South Africa and Nigeria are both emerging and import dependent markets offering a multitude of export opportunities for local companies. Our five day multi-sector trade mission will focus on Johannesburg and Lagos.

If you are interested in exporting to these regions apply below and see if your company is eligible to attend.

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Closing date for applications is Wednesday 28 June 2017

South Africa & Nigeria - did you know?

  • South Africa generates two-thirds of Africa’s electricity (Eskom)
  • Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, South Africa, is the third largest hospital in the world offering great opportunities for Life Sciences companies
  • Durban is the busiest and the second largest container port in South Africa offering engineering opportunities
  • Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and 8th most populous in the world, with 182m people
  • Nigeria is ranked as the largest oil producer in Africa and the 10th largest in the world offering opportunities for the Renewable and Energy sector
  • There are over 90 million and over 50 million mobile phone users in Nigeria and South Africa respectively, opportunities for ICT companies

Nigeria and South Africa offer opportunities across a range of sectors which include

  • Material Handling
  • Life Sciences
  • Telecoms
  • Software
  • Food & Drink
  • Waste Recycling
  • Renewable Energy
  • Consumer Goods
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Export advice and guidance

Our Trade Team in Belfast will be on-hand with advice and guidance to prepare for the mission. Working with our Trade Advisers in-market, we can provide tailored market research and provide participants with planned meetings to introduce their products and service to key players in both markets.

If you would like to speak to our advisors for South Africa and Nigeria they will be in Belfast from the 13-20 June should you wish to arrange a 1:1 meeting. Please contact Sinead Lamont on 028 9069 8035 or by email at to confirm your interest.

Benefits of Participation

  • Opportunity to access new export markets in Africa
  • Advice and support on doing business in South Africa and Nigeria by a country expert
  • In-market support through the in-market Trade Advisers in South Africa & Nigeria
  • Up to 50% contribution towards an economy airfare (up to a maximum of £700) *
  • Up to £75 per night towards accommodation – maximum 5 nights *

* Contribution towards airfares and accommodation is for one participant per company only

Please Note - De Minimis Statement

Companies who have exceeded their De Minimis aid limit will be unable to claim assistance towards travel, accommodation and in-market support for this mission. The maximum De Minimis aid any single recipient can receive is €200,000 (cash grant equivalent) over a 3 year fiscal period.

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