THE Trade Africa unit, a newly revamped unit of the Department of Trade and Industry, is due to be launched this week, the department said on Monday.

The Trade Africa initiative is focused on driving SA’s exports of manufactured goods and services, as well as creating sourcing relationships on the continent.

Formerly known as the Africa Export Council, the unit will focus on promoting two-way trade between SA and the rest of the African continent.

Spokesperson for the department Bongani Lukhele said the name was changed to reflect the "importance of facilitating the increase of intra-Africa trade more broadly".

The initiative will be unveiled together with the Guidelines for Good Business Practice for South African Companies operating in the rest of Africa.

The launch will take place at a Roundtable Discussion on Intra-Africa Trade at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

"The Roundtable Discussion, which is themed Collective Action to Enhance Intra-Africa Trade, is intended to promote collaboration between the government and private sector, as well as key stakeholders in fostering trade and optimising economic benefits on the African continent," said Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in a statement.

He said the guidelines aimed at ensuring alignment between government and the private sector when engaging with the continent.

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