The European Business Council for Africa

Introduction

Africa’s journey towards an integrated continent reached an important milestone on 30 May 2019 with the entry into force of the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) following ratification by 22 State Parties. The AfCFTA Agreement had earlier been signed by the first forty-four African Union (AU) Member States in Kigali, Rwanda on the 21 March 2018. This was historic not only because it marked the third stage of the roadmap set out in the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (AEC) of 1991 (Abuja Treaty); but also because of the speed at which this happened. Never before, in the treaty making history of the African Union has a legal instrument of such nature received 22 ratifications in such a short period of time.

This report is the OECD’s annual flagship report on development co-operation. For more than 50 years, the Development Co-operation Report has brought new evidence, analysis and ideas to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the international community more broadly, shaping policy reform, behaviour change and promoting best practices in development co-operation. Each year the report analyses a fresh policy issue that is timely, relevant or challenging for development co-operation policy and finance. In addition, the Development Co-operation Profiles detail aggregate and individual trends in policies, allocations and institutional set-up for a broad range of providers, including members of the OECD and its Development Assistance Committee (DAC), other countries and philanthropic foundations.

1 July 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
In many countries around the world the space for civil society has been shrinking for some time, and this trend has only increased as a result of the current pandemic. Civic activism – such as the ability to meet, organize and advocate – has been made more difficult through lockdown measures. Checks and balances are being weakened while state surveillance has increased. At the same time, civil society has played a crucial role in community mobilization to address urgent needs during this crisis – whether it be the provision of essential services, informing communities about the virus, or protecting marginalized groups.

Securities, are delighted to present a free webinar that will bring together industry thought leaders for a live online discussion on the global economic effects of COVID-19, the impact of various global stimulus packages, and how governments and corporates will manage soaring debts. 

Corporate Council on Africa is pleased to host the Leaders Forum, a high-level virtual forum to bring together Heads of State, senior USG and African government officials, CEOs and private sector executives, and leaders from multilateral institutions. The Forum will take place over the course of one week and will provide an important platform and opportunity to explore various aspects of resilient U.S.-Africa business engagement that will shape and drive post-COVID-19 recovery.

Webinar on investment screening in times of COVID-19 – and beyond

📅25 June 2020, 12:30 to 14:00 (Paris time)

Governments recognise the benefits of international investment, but are paying increasing attention to occasional risk associated with foreign investment. As part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several governments have introduced new FDI screening mechanisms, enhanced existing ones, or accelerated policy making to fend off new or newly identified threats.

Investment screening already had a heyday before the crisis struck – the pandemic was a mere accelerator rather than the trigger of this trend. The superposition of the two waves of new measure may bring about transformational and permanent change to FDI screening policy practice – and to the way governments and societies view the benefits and risks associated with foreign investment.

March 5-8, 2020 / The European Cultural Centre of Delphi (E.C.C.D.), Delphi, Greece.

The Delphi Economic Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working in close cooperation with civil society, public organizations, businesses and individuals. It engages business, political, academic, and other top experts in an effort to address emerging challenges, influence the national and regional agendas and promote sustainable and socially responsible growth policies for Greece, Europe and the wider Eastern Mediterranean region.

The next edition will take place in the beginning of March 2020, in Delphi, Greece. Our Secretary General; Alexandros Spachis will take part in the Forum as a guest speaker.

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Fostering Uganda-Europe Economic Alliance: Investements, Green Deals and Innovations

9-10 March 2020 (9 to 12:30) - Kampala, Uganda

In line with the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs, the European Union in partnership with the Private Sector Foundation Uganda and the Government of Uganda are organizing the first ever Uganda-Europe Business Forum. The forum forms part of a joint initiative to facilitate collaboration between private and public actors and partnership between Ugandan and European companies, in the framework of the Sustainable Business for Uganda Platform. The event will be graced by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda and Ms Jutta Urpilainen, the European Commissioner for international Partnerships as well as prominent European and Ugandan public and private sector players.

The forum marks an important milestone in the roadmap towards strengthening the Uganda-EU economic alliance. This highly interactive event will provide information and working sessions on Uganda’s business enabling environment, trade and investment opportunities and funding instruments that can be used to support domestic and EU businesses. The participation to the forum will be free.

In the Uganda-Europe Business Forum, you’ll have an exceptional opportunity to;

• Meet the Decision Makers: H.E. the President, Ministers, High-Level Officials, CEOs of European and Ugandan companies.
• Grab the low hanging fruits: new opportunities for investment in Agriculture, Energy, Cities, Natural Resources and for Access to Finance.
• Build your network: setup your own B2B and B2G meetings, with the B2Match App [ ], and visits to local businesses.
• Trade with Europe: learn more about Uganda business incentives and duty-free quota-free exports to the EU.
• Discover Uganda: an island of security and economic stability in the East African Region
• Invest for the long term: be part of the Sustainable Business for Uganda Platform.

 

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Speakers

EIB PresidenWerner Hoyer, EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle and other high-level speakers will join Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and UN-Habitat Executive Director Maimunah Mohd Sharif to share their experiences and expertise. They will address the challenges brought by the rapid growth of African cities and towns and look at how urbanisation can become a key driving force for the successful implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Ultimately, the objective is to achieve prosperity for all, without compromising on environmental and climate change imperatives.

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U.S. - Africa Business Summit 2020

June 9th to 12th, 2020. Marakech, Morocco

Corporate Council on Africa and the Government of Morocco will host the 13th U.S.-Africa Business Summit in June, 2020 in Marrakesh, Morocco. The Summit will bring together more than 1,400 U.S. and African private sector executives, international investors, senior government officials and multilateral stakeholders. The Summit will served as a platform for U.S. and African business and government leaders to:

ENGAGEon key sectors including agribusiness, energy, health, infrastructure, ICT, finance and more;

NETWORKwith key private sector and government decision makers;

EXPLOREnew business opportunities and meet potential business partners; and

ADVOCATEto shape effective U.S.-Africa trade and investment policies

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