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Korea and Africa boost business partnerships on margins of bilateral summit
  • Registration date2024-06-04
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The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) co-hosted the Korea-Africa Business Partnership 2024 with the Ministry of SMEs and Startups (MSS) and the Public Procurement Service (PPS) on the margins of the Korea-Africa Summit 2024 on June 4 at InterContinental Seoul COEX, co-organized by Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and Korea SMEs and Startups Agency (KOSMES).


A total of 17 African countries and their 55 companies in areas of trade, energy, plant, and critical minerals participated in the Business Partnership and held 508 business meetings with 194 Korean firms, generating an estimated USD 0.1 billion worth of potential business deals. Further outcomes are anticipated in terms of export diversification, project win competitiveness, and stronger supply chain cooperation.


A Korean food product exporter and retailer “A” managed to ink a $1 million export contract with a South African company “M” after a one-on-one meeting at the Business Partnership. Another Korean firm “W” entered a joint venture memorandum of understanding (MOU) for establishment of local manufacturing facilities in the East African home appliances market with Kenyan company “D” and Ethiopian company “B.” “W” will be the first Korean company to seal a manufacturing facility joint venture in Kenya and Ethiopia should the MOU translate into actual investment.


Korea-Africa Business Partnership 2024 was the first and largest singular business consultation event held in Korea with exclusive focus on Africa, reaffirming the two sides’ mutual commitment for expanding economic cooperation. MOTIE, along with five other ministries and related institutions, plan to continue with follow-up support through KOTRA’s head office and regional headquarters in Africa so that the business consultations can lead to concrete export deals and bid project wins.