The European Business Council for Africa

Despite the disruption caused by Covid-19, East Africa remains the continent’s fastest-growing region. Though growth in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania has slowed, it continues to be positive. East Africa is a key region for many multinational business hub offices, not to mention the rapid growth of entrepreneurs and tech-based hubs in the region. The success of the region can largely be attributed to major infrastructure projects, agricultural opportunities and significant economic growth. However, with recent violence in Ethiopia attracting global concern, could the region become destabilised?

  • With the current crisis in Ethiopia and the knock on effect on the Horn of Africa and expected elections in Uganda early next year, followed by Rwanda and Kenya in 2022, what can we expect in terms of regional stabilisation?
  • Despite the global pandemic, what business trends have emerged from the region and what are key sectors for investor interest?
  • What will the AfCFTA mean for the region, what strides have been made so far to harmonise common policies to encourage regional investment?

West Africa comes into 2021 off the back of a series of key elections and facing the economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic. The region has fallen into recession this year with exports hit hard by the slump in global demand. With negotiations over the future of the CFA continuing into the new year, how will ECOWAS respond to these new pressures? And what are the domestic policies needed to promote recovery and growth? Join Razia Khan, Chief Economist and at Standard Chartered Bank and Vincent Rouget, Associate Director, Africa at Control Risks for Invest Africa’s 2021 outlook for the region.

Jersey Finance invites Invest Africa members to its annual private wealth conference. At the half-day virtual conference, expert speakers will discuss sustainable finance trends, impact investing, philanthropy and how international finance centres like Jersey support these ambitions – through its expertise, connectivity and global networks. Delegates can expect first-class networking opportunities via live video, audio and instant messaging, access to an interactive information hub, and the opportunity to browse virtual stands. The conference is free to attend for those not based in Jersey, Channel Islands.

As previous years, we will start the NABA year by looking into the future: what will happen on the continent in 2021?

13:00-14:00: High Level Plenary
14:00-15:30: Country roundtables


H.E. Wamkele Mene (TBC) Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat

We invite all NABC members to an online session about the initiative: ’15 consortia for 15 focus countries.

Over the past months, we have evaluated the things we do and the impact we have. At a time when international travel was nearly non-existent, our carefully built consortia of companies continued operations in a number of African countries. While half the world was in lock-down, the hybrid seeds-project in Nigeria, supplied by Dutch companies, continued to grow. Trainings were given to groups of farmers and via local radio stations and videos. Also, our poultry consortium in Tanzania continued its operations, with chickens fed on nutritious food containing Dutch ingredients.

Cooperation, something the Netherlands has been historically good at, is in 2020 more than ever the way to go. Joining forces means sharing risks. Therefore, we initiated the plan of actiontitled ’15 consortia for 15 focus countries’ under which we intend to build 15 of such consortia.


La pandémie de coronavirus n’a épargné aucun pays du monde. Même si l’Afrique fut nettement moins endeuillée que l’Amérique, l’Asie et l’Europe, faisant preuve d’une résilience inattendue face aux sombres prévisions qui étaient faites au début de la crise, le choc économique y fut d’une rare violence, faisant craindre une explosion de la pauvreté sur tout le continent. 
« Le chemin de la relance économique sera long et escarpé », indiquait d’ailleurs en octobre la Banque mondiale dans son rapport Africa’s Pulse. Ce qui implique des politiques économiques saines en termes de réformes, de choix budgétaires, d’endettement, mais aussi de lutte contre la corruption. 

Pour parvenir à une création d’emplois et de richesse aussi durable qu’inclusive, l’Afrique possède de sérieux atouts. Elle peut notamment s’appuyer sur les progrès entrevus ces dernières années en matière de transformation numérique et d’intégration régionale. Mais aussi sur les investissements et l’accompagnement des entreprises françaises. Convaincus que l’Afrique incarne l’avenir, le Conseil français des investisseurs en Afrique (Cian) et l’Opinion se sont associés pour défendre une vision dynamique de ce continent. Et vous donne rendez-vous en 2021 avec une nouvelle version du Forum Afrique et du rapport annuel du Cian. 

As previous years, we will start the NABA year by looking into the future: what will happen on the continent in 2021?

13:00-14:00: High Level Plenary
14:00-15:30: Country roundtables


H.E. Wamkele Mene (TBC)

Secretary General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat

Afrika-Verein (German-African Business Association) and GAA – German Agribusiness Alliance are pleased to invite you to the 7th German-African Agribusiness Forum – Virtual Edition on 26th January 2021.

Creating and maintaining safe access to food systems across the continent is crucial for the economic development of the continent. However, the global Covid-19 pandemic had a considerable impact on Africa's agricultural sector. It is therefore a pivotal time for world and industry leaders to harness the opportunities provided by the rich and diverse agriculture sector on the African continent. This is why we decided to focus this year's forum on Making Africa's Food Systems more resilient: how to align policy strategies and private sector engagement?

We are honored that the German Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, Hon. Julia Kloeckner, has already confirmed her participation at the forum, where she will present the Ministry's commitment to a modern, sustainable agri-food and forestry sector in Africa and be available for questions afterwards.

The DRC is known to be a strategic country with various opportunities in all the sectors of the economy. The UK being a country offering world-class products and services, as well as various skills and vital capacity buildings, has the expertise to offer an effective partnership for a sustainable development of the DRC.

CCCGB is organising a webinar in partnership with the British Embassy in the DRC and Invest Africa and supported by DRC Mining Week. This session will open new horizons for British investors and DRC business interested in partnering with UK Companies.

As incumbent President Nana Akufo-Addo builds his campaign for re-election in December 2020 against former president John Mahama of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Invest Africa invites you to our deep dive discussion, examining the political and economic future of Ghana at the end of 2020 and into 2021.

Our panel of experts will scrutinise the knock-on effects of COVID-19 on the country’s economy, the economic challenges including dwindling revenue, increase in spending, and a high debt to GDP ratio to the Covid-19 pandemic, the measure the incoming president will need to take to tackle rising poverty throughout the country (see UNDP report on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19) and how these elections will determine Ghana’s positioning across the continent as the country takes the lead on implementing the long-awaited AfCFTA.