The GCCA Africa Cold Chain Conference will take place at The Westin in Cape Town on 22nd and 23rd August, 2024.

This event will bring together senior leaders of the African  cold chain logistics industry to discuss strategic challenges and opportunities in temperature-controlled logistics.

The conference will explore the trade dynamics of the Africa Continent Free Trade Agreement and its potential impact on internal trade, growth, food resilience, and sustainability across the continent. In addition to insightful sessions and top-level speakers, the event will feature innovative services and provide networking opportunities for industry professionals.

Thursday, 22 August 2024

The Westin Hotel, Convention Square, Lower Long St, Cape Town, 8000

Council & Committee Meetings

GCCA Africa Food Safety & Compliance Committee Meeting
GCCA African Advisory Council Meeting
GCCA Africa Risk Management Committee Meeting

Welcome Dinner


Friday, 23 August 2024

08h00 - 09h00 Registration & Light Breakfast in Expo

09h00 – 10h45 Opening General Session

Welcome & Opening Remarks

  • Mr. Paul Matthew, Director of Africa, Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA)
  • Mr. Chris Creed – GCCA Africa Chairman ​

State of the Market

  • Mr. Paul Gibbons, Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Cold Holdings (CCH) GCCA Board Member​

​KEYNOTE - Food Security for Socio-Economic Stability 

  • Mr. Johann Kotze, Chief Executive Officer of AgriSA

10h45 – 11h15 Coffee/Tea Break in the Expo

11h15 – 13h00 General Session - Free Trade in Africa

Case Study - AfCFTA after five years 

  • Mr. Africa Kiiza – International Trade Expert

Realistic opportunities Imports & Exports for perishables

  • Dr. Martin Cameron - Managing Director at Trade Research Advisory / North-West University 

Reducing Trade Barriers around the AfCTA

  • Professor Lawrence Edwards – School of Economics, University of Cape Town ​

The opportunities for Market Expansion 

  • Mr. Donald Mac Kay - Market Expansion – Chief Executive, XA Global Trade Advisors

13h00 – 14h00 Lunch in the Expo

14h00 – 15h30 General Session - Food Security and Cold Chain Sustainability for Africa

The Role of Cold Chain In Delivering Food Security 

  • Mr. Wandile Sihlobo – Chief Economist, Agri Business Chamber of South Africa

The Role of Road Freight in Cross Border Trade 

  • Mr. Terry Bantock – Board Member, Road Freight Association, South Africa

Cold Chain Sustainability in a Changing World 

  • Mr. Renier Du Preez – Chief Executive Officer, Digistics

Exporting into Africa - Fruit Sector 

  • Mr. Vijan Chetty - General Manager, Perishable Products Export Control Board

15h30 – 16h00  Coffee/Tea Break in the Expo

16h00 – 17h00 General Session

Promoting Collaboration and Partnerships  

  • Mr. Owusu Akoto- Chief Executive, FreezeLink 

Results of the GCCA Energy Load Shedding Study 

  • Mr. Danae Govender, Economic Researcher, Tutwa Consulting Group

More speakers and content to be announced

17h00 – 19h00 Cold Chain Closing Reception

Date Range
22-23rd August 2024

0900 - 1900 SAST


The Westin Hotel, Convention Square, Lower Long St, Cape Town, 8000

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