Michael Lawrence National Clothing Retail Federation

Michael Lawrence is the Executive Director of the National Clothing Retail Federation of South Africa – the largest associative collective, in corporate size, of clothing retailers on the continent of Africa. Currently Michael serves at Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) – the apex business body – as, inter alia, the Deputy Chair of the Economic Policy Committee; as the lead member on Trade issues; and as a BUSA delegate to the SADC Business Council. In his roles as a TRALAC Associate and participant in WTO Ministerial conferences on behalf of business, Michael has acquired a breadth of understanding of issues that result in him being asked to participate at national, regional, continental and international events addressing the Trade issues of the day. Michael has a passionate belief that Trade architecture is necessary but must be based in pragmatism and support sustainable commercial and economic growth resulting in jobs and societal upliftment.

Day 1: Wednesday 8 November 2023

Time Session
Mette Werdelin Azzam Speaker World Customs Organization
Willie Shumba Speaker AfCFTA
Michael Lawrence Speaker National Clothing Retail Federation
N'dri Yves Roland Tia Speaker DOUANES DE CÔTE D'IVOIRE
Sebastian Agustino Macias Speaker DG TAXUD / European Commission
Gabriela Landeros Speaker Servicio Nacional de Aduanas