Trade Mission to South Africa and Kenya

10 - 14 Sept 2018


Are you interested in exploring new export markets? South Africa and Kenya are both emerging and import dependent markets offering a multitude of export opportunities for local companies.

We are leading a multi sector Trade Mission to Johannesburg and Nairobi from 10-14 September 2018.

If you are interested in exporting to these regions click on the Apply now link below and answer the questions to see if you are eligible to participate.

Applications have closed.

We will update this page shortly with details of the companies attending.

South Africa

South Africa is one of the most sophisticated emerging markets in the world. The unique combination of well-developed first-world financial markets and an emerging, non-oil dependent economy gives rise to opportunities across a number of sectors.

Why South Africa?

  • South Africa is an English-speaking market and there is only a small time difference with the UK
  • Population of 57 million - relative macroeconomic stability and a pro-business environment
  • Similar business and banking practices to UK and European standards
  • Provides exporters with an access route to the Southern African Development Community
  • A large supply of natural resources

For further information read the guide on Doing business in South Africa: South Africa trade and export guide.


Kenya serves as the commercial hub of East Africa, with many international companies choosing to establish an East African head office in its capital city, Nairobi.

Why Kenya?

  • Population of 50 million – The largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in South Eastern and Central Africa
  • Positive economic outlook with an expected real GDP growth averaging 6% over the next 5 years
  • Good financial and legal systems as compared to sub-Saharan Africa
  • Fully liberalised economy - free flow of trade and foreign private investment

For further information read the guide on Doing business in Kenya: Kenya trade and export guide.

For further information on the Trade Mission please contact

Invest NI will provide grant assistance of 50% towards the cost of an economy airfare (maximum assistance £700 for one market and £1,000 for both markets) and £75 daily towards hotel room costs for the official mission period (5 nights). Companies will be expected to stay in the designated hotel for each part of the mission.

Companies can also receive £75 support towards 4 additional nights either directly before OR after the trade mission. Approval must be sought prior to booking.

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.

Sectoral opportunities

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

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Electra Mining exhibition in Johannesburg.

Benefits of Participation

  • 1:1 consultancy support from the Invest NI team in-market
  • Individual tailored market research
  • Briefing session in-market to address common export issues with exporting to target markets
  • Guidance on a follow-up action plan on how to develop the opportunities
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