Africa Halal Week will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from October 7-9, highlighting Cape Town and the Western Cape as preferred Halal trading partners and travel destinations.

Africa Halal Week is a joint collaboration between WESGRO, Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) and the City of Cape Town. It aims to highlight business opportunities presented by the halal market on the continent, with particular attention to the halal industry in the Western Cape.

According to the MasterCard, Halal Trip Muslim Millennial Travel Report, the total expenditure from Muslim millennial travellers alone will surpass US$100 billion by 2025, while the overall Muslim travel segment is estimated to reach US$300 billion by 2026.

The project will foster business links and conversations and highlight opportunities spanning sectors including tourism, Islamic banking, modest fashion, film and media promotion, cuisine, investment and trade opportunities in South Africa, Africa and the rest of the Muslim world.

Exhibitors at Africa Halal Week:

  • Western Cape produced halal certified food and beverages
  • Fashion designers from the Western Cape
  • Western Cape-based Sharia banking and investment institutions
  • Western Cape-produced halal-certified beauty products
  • Western Cape-based halal-friendly tour operators/accommodation establishments

Buyer profile:

  • Local and international tour operators/travel agents
  • Local and international wholesalers/retailers of halal food and beverage products
  • Local and international modest clothing retailers
  • Importers

Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities, David Maynier told Bizcommunity that: "The recent visa waivers by the Department of Home Affairs for travellers visiting from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will support trade with these countries. We look forward to furthering reviews of other countries that might also enjoy the relaxation of visa requirements to support the ease of doing business with the province.

"An estimated R200m (€11.79m) in trade declarations was secured as a direct result of Africa Halal Week 2018, so I’d like to encourage interested exhibitors and buyers to register for this year’s conference," added Minister Maynier.