Johannesburg, South Africa
The Sub-Sahara region is on the move, a fact demonstrated by positive economic forecasts and extensive investments in the countries’ infrastructures. The cumulative gross-domestic product in the Sub-Sahara
region is expected to increase by some 6% in 2012. Countries south of the Sahara also have the benefit of being rich in natural resources such as diamonds, gold and chrome, promoting investments in the mining sector. The South African government is also planning to invest EUR 320 billion to expand the country’s infrastructure, a vital addition to cities such as Johannesburg.
The growing importance of South Africa as a location for international business is strengthened by the introduction of new exhibitions and conferences taking place. Trade fairs such as bauma Africa, taking place for the first time in September 2013, offer the perfect gateway for British and Irish companies wishing to enter the African market.
The Gallagher Convention Centre (GCC)
The GCC is one of Africa’s largest conference and expo centers, offering well equipped exhibition halls and outdoor exhibition space. Located in Midrand, between Pretoria and Johannesburg, Gallagher is conveniently positioned in the business hub of Gauteng. Surrounded by beautiful gardens sprawling over a 30-hectare property, visitors to Gallagher can enjoy the English Rose Gardens, the wooden Koi Deck, the Gazebo or the Wine Garden Restaurant. The GCC will be the venue for the first bauma Africa exhibition, taking place in September 2013.