The European Business Council for Africa

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One year on from the UK-Africa Investment Summit hosted in January 2020, the UK Department for International Trade is proud to organise the Africa Investment Conference, bringing together UK and African businesses to discuss emerging and relevant themes around doing business in Africa, and to connect UK companies to opportunities of today and tomorrow across the continent.


Despite the current global economic context, the UK’s ambition to be Africa’s investment partner of choice has never been stronger, and strengthening investment relationships will be central in recovering from the disruption caused by the international COVID-19 pandemic.

In a world that produces enough food to feed its entire population, more than 1.5 billion people cannot afford a diet that meets the required levels of essential nutrients while over 3 billion people cannot afford the cheapest healthy diet. People without access to healthy diets live in all regions of the world. Meanwhile, half of the global adult population is now overweight, contributing to the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases and related healthcare costs.  At the same time, our food systems are a major cause of biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions and the consumption of a large number of natural resources.

These impacts are mostly being felt by groups already made vulnerable by the ongoing agriculture and food transformation, particularly smallholder family farmers, rural workers, indigenous people, migrants, and underemployed/unemployed women and men. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some 1.6 billion already vulnerable workers in the informal economy – half of the global workforce – may be significantly affected.

The African Development Bank is preparing a new governance strategy, entitled Strategy for Economic Governance in Africa(click here for the document), in line with its objective of spurring sustainable economic development and social progress in its Regional Member Countries, thereby contributing to poverty reduction.

As part of the strategy preparation process, the Bank intends to hold consultations with Regional Member Countries (RMCs) and its institutional partners to help the Bank finalize the strategy by aligning its strategic orientation with the priorities of its RMCs and the operational framework of its institutional partners.

The discussions will enable the RMCs and key partners to take ownership of the strategy document to ensure its successful implementation. Country consultations will include government ministries, departments and agencies; civil society organizations and private citizens; and governance bodies, including international finance and development institutions.

The key topic of GFFA each year is discussed in depth in numerous panels and forums by more than 2000 international participants.A kick-off event introduces the GFFA subject and thus lays the foundation for the various expert discussions held over the following days. The key element of the kick-off event is a facilitated panel discussion. The political highlight of the GFFA is the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference which is not open to the public.  It is the world’s largest conference of agriculture ministers, attended by around 70 agriculture ministers. High-level representatives from more than 10 international organisations such as the FAO, OECD, WTO and World Bank also attend the conference. At the conference, the agriculture ministers formulate a common political position on the respective GFFA subject in the Final Communiqué, which has to date always been unanimously adopted. The results are fed into the further international discourse on agricultural policy.

Times maybe uncertain, but one thing is for sure, February in the African mining industry means one thing, Mining Indaba. And whilst we’ll all miss the joys of Cape Town, we couldn’t let February pass without delivering the unmissable insights, multi-stakeholder discussions and keynotes you’ve come to expect from us these past 27 years.

Together with industry pioneers and government leaders, we will tackle everything from using mining to reboot national economies to embracing ESG in the boardroom and the rise of gold in the pandemic.

Demand from the Mining Indaba community to regroup has been overwhelming and we can’t wait for you to join us and major industry names to celebrate the resilience, innovations and spirit of our sector. We can’t wait to welcome you to Mining Indaba Virtual.

London: Investing in African Mining Indaba (Mining Indaba), part of Hyve Group Plc is honoured to announce that His Excellency, Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana has confirmed to deliver his presidential keynote address at the upcoming Mining Indaba Virtual. 

Investment, Technologies, Digital Health and Partnership Opportunities for Resilient Health Systems, Quality Patient Care and Services

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Join us for the virtual SSCG UK - Africa Healthcare Forum on Thursday, 25 March 2021 as we explore and discuss "Investment, Technologies, Digital Health and Partnership Opportunities for Resilient Health Systems , Quality Patient Care and Services " in Africa for UK organisations, companies, investors, entrepreneurs and suppliers. 

Beyond the staggering tragedy that is the death and illness of thousands of people the world over, the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought unprecedented economic disorder, decimating economies and livelihoods of citizens in rich and poor nations alike. Although the virus was slow to arrive on Africa’s shores, the economic impacts of the disease were not, as the global economy halted and Africa’s growing, largely service-based economy was forcibly shut down to preempt the disease’s spread.

As the region looks to open back up, African and world leaders have had to balance the health and economic wellness of the region. Global momentum and progress toward vital human development goals cannot just be dropped or forgotten, but efforts to recover from the immediate twin crises must also be bolstered. Indeed, now we must take stock of the lessons learned and, more importantly, consider what we can do better.

You are cordially invited to a webinar on Top 10 Geopolitical Risks in 2021: Looking Ahead. Every year in January, Eurasia Group, KPMG's Global Alliance partner, publishes its Top Risks report which forecasts key geopolitical risks for the year ahead. This year's report is available here.   

Last year's report branded 2020 as a negative tipping point —globalization changing its trajectory towards a US-China economic decoupling driven by both geopolitical and technological trends, at the same time as the global economy and the geopolitical order were experiencing downward cycles. As it happens, the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated and intensified those risks (as well as the opportunities—such as technological innovations and climate change response).   

Just as 2020 was overwhelmingly about healthcare responses to Covid-19 (and how much many governments got wrong), 2021 will overwhelmingly be abouteconomic responses to Covid-19's lingering symptoms and scar tissue (debt burdens and misaligned politics), even as vaccines roll out and the healthcare emergency fades. As economic issues come to the fore, there is no global leadership on political models, trade standards, and international architecture to follow. In this context, the US remains risk #1 in 2021 – as in 2020 – with Joe Biden's presidency seen as illegitimate by roughly half the country, and despite Donald Trump's exit, the US-China rivalry will continue to intensify (risk #4). Global challenges stay high on the list: the impact of Covid-19 is risk #2, climate risk is #3, global data (and the control of its flow) is risk #5, and a cyber conflict is risk #6.   

Despite numerous challenges, smallholder farmers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have unprecedented opportunities to supply local, regional and export markets. Innovation is a driving force in transforming food systems, promoting sustainable agriculture and leveraging investment. The private sector has a key role to play in shaping more sustainable, inclusive and profitable food systems, driven by innovation, knowledge co-creation, and support for a green transition.

In the context of implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), and of booming African urban markets, many trade opportunities exist and will increase at local, regional and continental levels. These opportunities will have to be captured by the local private sector to increase employment, especially for youth and women.

With this background and willing to support farmers’ organisations, cooperatives and SMEs to seize opportunities in new markets and to establish key partnerships to strengthen their competitiveness, PAFO and COLEACP launched in 2020 a series of sessions on Innovations and successes of African farmer-led businesses and SMEs.

Covid-19 has undoubtedly disrupted the global economies, trade landscape, supply chains, markets, consumer confidence and business models which will create a lasting economic consequences. The vulnerability of major economies has risen as growth slowed and various countries are now less able to absorb shocks. The global trade Partnership Arrangements (EPAs), investment relations and WTO are in transition. 

These economic trends and indicators are undoubtedly great opportunities for global economies, companies and investors to establish alternative economic and investment relations and to unlock market opportunities in the African region for growth. US Prosperity Africa Programme, the UK Transition and Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) are the many initiatives and trends that will harness the many prevailing opportunities in the region.