I attended the launch of the UKAFRICA TRADE EXPO at the Institute of Directors in central London on Friday (27th October 2023) under the motto: “Bringing Culture and Commerce Together for Sustainable Development”.
The expo was officially opened by His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi of Osun State, Nigeria. He is the traditional ruler and monarch of the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-Ife.
UKAFRICA TRADE EXPO’s principal aims are to bring Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) together by embracing the challenges of collective responsibility for fostering economic growth, compassion for improving economic opportunities for women and young people, and act as catalysts for transformational change of local and regional ecosystems through International Trade Development.
UKAFRICA TRADE EXPO has established six key pillars integrating sustainability, social value, and environmental considerations within competitive markets. This demonstrates a way to build capacity for collaboration, trust, and cooperation:
• Connectivity & Innovation
• Data & Market Innovation
• Cluster & Sector Development
• Supply Chain Collaboration & Logistics
• Business Education & Knowledge Transfer
• Infrastructure Investment & Joint Ventures
UKAFRICA TRADE EXPO acknowledged that the UK (United Kingdom) is a trade and investment hub with historical ties to Commonwealth countries that can facilitate opportunities for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
It also acknowledged the advantages of leveraging the Diaspora Economic Dividend between Nigeria and Jamaica as an integral component of this initiative. It opened new opportunities for creativity, cultural communication and relationship-building through a “Welcome Home” approach for 2024 and beyond.
As a small business adviser and enterprise mentor, I welcome the launch of the UKAFRICA TRADE EXPO and hope that it will grow from strength to strength over time.
I want to congratulate Prince Kamari Ademiluyi, the founder of UKAFRICA TRADE EXPO London and his team, including Rudi Page of Making Connections Work Ltd, for staging such a formative and successful event that was supported by GEC Space and other key partners.
Richard Davis, CEO, ABS Ltd
Business consultant from Manchester