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The African Continental Free Trade Agreement is a “major opportunity for countries to boost growth, reduce poverty, and broaden economic inclusion”, according to the World Bank. The question for importers and exporters is how to maximise the potential provided by creation of the world’s largest trading bloc.

Join Caroline Rheeder, Associate Director at Cova Advisory, and Catherine Grant Makokera, Director at Tutwa Consulting Group, for a discussion that tackles both policy and a pragmatic approach to the AfCFTA.

From understanding the time-lines and tariffs to investigating practical steps to prepare your organisation, this webinar aims to deliver valuable insights into the realities of AfCFTA for import and export businesses alike. It will provide a comprehensive update on the current status of the AfCFTA negotiations and identify ways South African firms can become more involved.
DATE: 9 March 2021
Time: 10am
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Speakers:

Catherine Grant Makokera

Director, Tutwa Consulting Group

Catherine is an experienced trade negotiator and trade policy expert, having worked in the public, private and academic sectors at multilateral and regional levels. She is a Director of Tutwa Consulting Group.

She was a diplomat for New Zealand for 10 years, posted in New York and Geneva where she participated in United Nations (human rights and development), World Trade Organisation and International Labour Organisation negotiations. Since relocating to South Africa in 2000 she has been involved in trade policy development and trade negotiations on behalf of the private sector and as a recognised expert.

She is a recognised researcher and commentator on economic diplomacy issues with a range of published papers, opinion pieces and blogs. She currently co-teaches an MBA elective on Emerging Economies and Globalisation at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg and is a Tutor for the London School of Economics online course on Business, International Relations and Political Economy.

Caroline Rheeder

Associate Director at Cova Advisory

Caroline joined the Cova Advisory team in October 2018. Before then, she held a similar role at EY. She holds a BA Degree in Law, and is an admitted attorney.

Her role is to build up Cova’s customs advisory business, with a focus on compliance and cost-saving opportunities.

Caroline is the Vice-Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa’s Regional Trade Forum for 2020 and is registered with the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) as a Master Customs Professional (SA). Caroline chairs the SAIT Customs Workgroup.

She has also passed the SDS1 (SA Customs Compliance Part 1) and SDS2 (SA Customs Compliance Part 2) exams, both cum laude.