The European Business Council for Africa

South Africa plans to have vaccinated 67% of the population by year-end which should bring the country “herd immunity”. Vaccinations are not compulsory but vaccinated populations limit risk, which would be good news for battle-weary Corporate SA. Vaccines undergo rigorous trials to ensure they are safe and effective. All vaccines go through a comprehensive approval process by medical regulators to ensure that they are safe. Pharmaceutical companies hand over all laboratory studies and safety trials to validate that the vaccine does work. The funding for the vaccines are two-fold, for insured citizens, the cost will be derived from their medical schemes and administered for free at the point of service. Uninsured individuals will be funded by Government and the vaccination will be free. Anecdotal evidence suggests some companies are experiencing push-back in getting staff to return to physical workspaces. What will the implications of being vaccinated be for the workplace and remote working. Several factors will determine the impact of vaccines on the COVID-19 pandemic. These factors include the effectiveness of the vaccines; how quickly they are approved, manufactured, and delivered; and how many individuals are vaccinated. The vaccines are likely to prevent large outbreaks once two thirds of the population (approximately 40million people) are immune which will take many months to achieve.

Africa faces the largest burden of endemic diseases in the world. With only 11% of the global population, the Continent accounts for 49% of maternal deaths, 50% under 5 deaths and 67% of HIV/AIDS cases. The need to finance Africa’s healthcare systems was pressing well before Covid-19 took hold. Africa’s response to the pandemic has shown the power of collective action, leveraging the region’s health institutions as well as a collaborative cross-border approach from public and private players alike.

In this webinar we’ll be discussing how multilaterals can support scaled investment into African tech, the role that the private sector has to play in financing and delivering services and the potential of continental platforms following the Covax model to lower both costs and prices. 

in cooperation with the Business Association for Latin America and the German Asia-Pacific Business Association

At the beginning of 2021, the German government agreed on the introduction of a new law for human rights due diligence in supply chains (Sorgfaltspflichtengesetz). What changes should German companies expect regarding their procurement and production structures? How will this impact partner countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America? How will the forthcoming European regulation on mandatory due diligence be structured?

The African continent is regarded as the last major growth market for mobility solutions, thanks to a growing middle class. German car makers and suppliers are already active in the North and in South Africa – and even transformed their production to meet healthcare demands in times of the pandemic. Both this flexibility and the current debate on nearshoring of supply and value chains show: More African markets need to play a more prominent role in global value chains. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy can support the necessary development with tailormade instruments. 

In the framework of the Foreign Trade Days of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), Afrika-Verein invites you to this digital expert discussion with inputs on current tendencies to diversify supply chains and nearshore production, with the automotive industry in Africa as an example.

The East African Community Business & Investment Forum (EAC-BIF) is a key annual business event with an aim of promoting business flow, trade and investments between Sweden and East Africa. The EAC-BIF is organised by the Embassies from the East African Community (EAC) accredited to the Kingdom of Sweden in partnership with the Swedish-East African Chamber of Commerce (SWEACC) and others. Since 2012, the EAC-BIF aims to promote business flow, trade and investments between Sweden, other Nordic countries, and the East African Community. The successive forums give opportunities for Business to Business (B2B), Government to Government (G2G) and Government to Business (G2B) meetings to develop new, meaningful, and sustainable technological exchange, trade, and investment partnerships between business communities in Sweden other Nordic countries and the EAC region.

The Business Forum continues to generate forward-looking insights to the quest for new pathways and engines for global growth and transformation. The EAC-BIF 2021 was scheduled to be arranged in Stockholm.Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and travel restriction along with social distancing recommendations the EAC-BIF 2021 will be held as a digital event on an inclusive digital platform that will create a dynamic event for participants, speakers, and panels.

In countries around the globe, climate change has come back to the political agendas.  ‘Building back better’ is a widely-used phrase. But how is that in Africa? Join us on the 25th of March to learn about the future of renewables in Africa.

In countries around the globe, climate change has come back to the political agendas. The US re-joined the Paris agreement while here in the Netherlands more and more parties are calling for a greener future – saying the COVID-19 pandemic was seen as a game changer. ‘Building back better’ is a widely-used phrase. But how is that in Africa? Initially, the low prices of diesel had the opposite effect: renewables became less affordable as compared to diesel-generated power. What does the future look like?

Green Solutions in Cities, is our theme for upcoming EAC Business & Investment Forum 2021 and this is an area of great importance worldwide, not the least in the East African countries with a fast urbanization requesting efficient solutions to cover for the implications on health, security and environment. Sweden has a strong business sector capable of offering not only financially sustainable solutions, but also capacity building within building new green and sustainable solutions in Africa.

SWEACC have a special cluster called Green City where we network and discuss clean and green solutions and now, we want to build a better network and cooperation with companies in Southern Sweden and in greater Copenhagen region. We, therefore, cordially invite you to our first webinar for Skåne and greater Copenhagen region-based companies that work within areas of climate tech, waste to energy, water and sanitation and green transport. This webinar will focus on opportunities for business in East Africa, financing solutions for projects and access to key decision makers at government and industry level.  During the meeting, presentations will cover business opportunities, investment, and network tools available for successful business in Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

The COVID-19 pandemic put a cap on the usual flow of things however, the impact of the coronavirus was not felt evenly across the sexes with many women feeling the economic and social fallout. For this reason, we invite you to the 4th edition of the annual International Women’s Day Celebration.

USAID and Neu Capital Africa, in collaboration with Invest Africa, invites you to the first in a two-part series, looking at strengthening the ties between Southern Africa and global investors.

In this session, our panel of experts will look to unpack investor mandates from across the Southern Africa region and how changing market dynamics will change investors’ portfolio constructions.

South Africa remains the most important business and investment destination for German companies in Sub-Sahara Africa. Also trade between the two countries has reached record levels in the past years. To continue the good partnership, the German-South African Binational Commission is discussing current events that have influence on the German-South African topics such as the Covid-19 Pandemic, Energy partnerships, trade barriers, new policies on both sides and many more. 

This virtual meeting will therefore give an overview over the topics, that have been discussed during the Binational Commission. In addition, H.E. Phumelele Stone Sizani, South African Ambassador to Germany, will give an outlook on business opportunities for German companies, such as the fifth bidding window for renewable energy projects which is supposed to start any day as well as investments in the infrastructure sector via the Infrastructure Investment Fund

We are honoured to welcome Annelize van der Merwe, Director: Investment Promotion (Green Economy) from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and a representative from Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal to further outline current business prospects in various sectors. 

We also invite participants to actively engage in the discussion and share their experiences.