The Tshwane International Trade and Infrastructure Investment Conference (Now known as Tshwane International Investment Lekgotla, TIIL) is a bi-annual, multi stakeholder gathering which aims to bring together policy makers, business and civil society to promote the City of Tshwane as a preferred destination for trade and investment, both domestically and internationally.
TITIIC 2016 takes place against the background of a global slow down in the world economy and increasing pressures for countries and City Regions to ensure economic growth and development, in the interest of their citizens hence in addition to serving as a platform to showcase to investors the investment and trade opportunities around the City and Province, the Conference and Exhibition will also explore solutions to addressing some of the challenges faced by government and business in ensuring sustainable and inclusive growth.
The Conference and Exhibition will give both policy makers and business the opportunity to collectively pursue win-win solutions to attracting inward investment, growing trade, building the infrastructure required to drive a faster rate of economic growth and ensuring sustainable livelihoods for citizens.
Over 300 delegates representing leaders of business and government from the key economic sectors will be attendance. Senior representatives from government institutions at a national and local level, businesses and captains of industry operating in the key sectors, national and local business associations, academics and economic experts and civil society representing the key sectors of our economy will be in attendance. A selection of local and international experts will share their knowledge and debate issues at the conference. We will also be hosting s selection of potential investors interested in opportunities in the key sectors.
The City of Tshwane is a large, sprawling metropolis – its 6 368km² spread makes it the third-largest city in the world after New York and Tokyo. Despite its size, Tshwane has a warm and welcoming presence. Tshwane is the original name of the area.
With a population of more than 2.5-million, the City of Tshwane is made up of multiple towns and suburbs, as well as large tracts of rural areas - from the CBDs of Pretoria, Centurion and Akasia, to the townships of Soshanguve, Mamelodi, Mabopane, Atteridgeville, Ga-Rankuwa; the outlying districts of Winterveld, Hammanskraal, Temba and Pienaarsrivier - to the rural areas of the Crocodile River, Cullinan and Bronkhorstspruit, Tshwane is indeed a sprawling metropolis.
Tshwane’s history is tied to that of South Africa: it was the centre of the apartheid government and the focus of the struggle against oppression. Now it is the seat of the country’s democratic government. Tshwane is also home to the Union Buildings that all South Africa’s presidents take their oath of office in. The Union Buildings were designed by Sir Herbert Baker as a symbolic representation of the Union of South Africa of 1910.
The mid 1800s saw new arrivals to the area as Voortrekkers, descendants from Dutch, German and French settlers, moved out of the British-governed Cape colony in search of place of their own. They settled in the region and, in 1855, Pretoria was founded by Voortrekker leader Marthinus Pretorius. It became the capital of the South African Republic from 1860. In 1961 South Africa became a Republic, with Pretoria as the capital.