Trade and Investment Forum  

About the Trade and Investment Forum 


The Trade and Investment Forum serves as a platform for examining the trade needs of the local community and discussing matters of broad interest, such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), new regulations, proposed trading agreements, logistical matters, infrastructure, trading constraints, security, sustainability, taxes/tariffs, and best practices. Its goals include engaging with government and trade promotional agencies to promote the interests of members, establishing communication tools for members to use during trade events or crises, and benchmarking good practice strategies related to trade management. 


The Forum focuses on Regional and Local Trade, the AfCFTA, customs, Digital trade, Brand Holder Anti-Counterfeiting (BAC), taxes and tariffs, and other areas impacting trade in South Africa. It may also engage with AmCham at a senior level when necessary. Any related areas will be addressed through various AmCham Forums identified as cross-cutting issues. 

Chairmanship of the Forum: 

Board Patron: Nana Phiri 

Chairperson: Caroline Rheeder 

Vice Chair: Rutendo Hwindingwi 


Meeting Arrangements:

Meeting Frequency and Location:  

Meetings occur quarterly or as determined by AmCham. They are held either virtually or in-person. Special meetings may be called as needed. In-person meetings are convened at either the GIBS Business School or a venue offered by AmCham member representatives.  

Meeting Procedures:  

Each meeting has an agenda outlining its purpose, including an address by a subject matter expert on a topic agreed upon by Forum members. Meetings should not exceed 90 minutes unless otherwise required by the forum, and clear action items and next steps must be identified by the meeting's close.