Tourism, trade and investment on the agenda at Johannesburg/Lagos event
We are here to represent everything Jo’burg has to offer Nigerians from a business, investment, leisure and lifestyle perspective - Phelisa Mangcu, Johannesburg Tourism Company acting CEO
The collaborative Johannesburg/Lagos 'The Tale of Two Cities’ conference and exhibition draws on Johannesburg and Lagos’s similarities. These include their status as commercial and financial hubs, and the fact they are both destination cities at the opposite ends of the African continent with vibrant arts, culture, fashion, film and music industries.
The 3-day programme includes presentations on business, tourism, trade and investment opportunities, and events dedicated to the cultural arts.
The showcase has been driven by the South African High Commission in Lagos, with buy-in from partners like South African Tourism, SAA and other private sector tourism stakeholders.
Phelisa Mangcu, acting CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC), said the focus of the project is to foster bilateral relations in trade, investment and tourism.
‘As one of the strongest African economies, Nigeria is a valuable continental market for Africa in many respects and we are here to represent everything Jo'burg has to offer Nigerians from a business, investment, leisure and lifestyle perspective,’ she said.
Mangcu is presenting a paper on tourism development and driving economic growth through tourism and opportunities in Johannesburg.
Among the activities taking place are a fashion show, a food and wine festival and collaborative film industry projects. Celebrated SA designer, Sista Bucks, is showing her couture range and the Soweto String Quartet is performing. A music concert featuring notable South African and Nigerian artists is another highlight. The JTC is also hosting a Joburg Tourism exhibition at the event.
The delegation from Johannesburg includes counsellor Parks Tau (Johannesburg’s executive mayor), Ruby Mathang (member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development) and Trevor Fowler (the city manager).
Johannesburg will host the event in 2013.