Absa ESD Event

ESD Event

Absa ESD Event

SA’s largest long standing market access event and programme connecting SMMEs to corporate procurement. 

Host your Enterprise and Supplier Developement beneficiaries on a tried and trusted programme giving them the support and impact they need to accelerate their business

Smart Supplier Conference

The first day of the event will enable SMMEs to overcome challenges and to leverage opportunities available to them. It will also focus on how they can expand their offering to a national audience.

SMME Helpdesk – meet an Expert

A one-on-one opportunity to engage a selection of business experts to gain valuable knowledge on pressing questions, challenges, and opportunities

Buy Local Market

Co-located with the Absa Networking Cocktail, this will be an opportunity for suppliers of products to showcase their goods to the delegate and buyer audiences.

Supplier MatchUp

A mini-networking event in the exhibition for SMME businesses to visit buyers in the public and private sectors. SMMEs will have the opportunity to ask buyers questions about their processes or just to make themselves known. Buyers have the opportunity to build a base of reliable, tried and tested SMME suppliers.

SMME Clinic

All hosted businesses will become a part of Smart Procurement’s SMME Clinic community where they will gain access to a plethora of ongoing training and networking interventions

2022 SMME Programme Elements

13th September 2022

Annual ABSA Smart Supplier SMME Conference (12h00 - 16h00)

The  Absa Smart Supplier Conference has always been a premier event co-located at Smart Procurement World.

The event prepares suppliers to be ready for business by giving them technical support while creating access to the market through buyer-meet-seller platforms.

SMMEs in South Africa still struggle to access markets and get sustainable contracts. At this conference, senior buyers talk through the various processes that are essential to access their markets. This conference aims to boost supplier performance, preparing corporate ready suppliers to be a #SMARTSUPPLIER.

Speed Networking

A dedicated networking session geared to harness smme to smme collaboration and business opportunities between 200+ top hosted businesses.

Absa Networking Cocktail & Buy Local Market

The Absa Networking Cocktail is a much anticipated happening exclusive for hosted businesses and procurement professionals attending the Smart Procurement World Indaba. A platform that acknowledges the vital role that small business plays in driving the economy as well as the role of procurement in enabling and accelerating small business South Africa

14th September 2022

Helpdesk Session

Prebooked one on one sessions with business experts


The Helpdesk Sessions will feature a selection of top local business experts who will engage one on one with businesses on their various business pain or gain points – the help desks will feature 12+ experts in the various fields such as sales, marketing, finance, tax, social media, HR and more. 


(12h00- 17h00)

Businesses can attend industry-specific MatchUp sessions, where all buyers and sellers in your specific industry will meet in one place at one time!

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Contact us now to find out more on how you can host your top beneficiaries to be a part of this years programme


The event you know and love!


The event you know and love!