The European Business Council for Africa

Learn how Covid-19 is reshaping the healthcare investment landscape and how investment goals and strategies are being reshaped.

  • How Covid-19 is reshaping the healthcare investment landscape?
  • How have traditional private equity and strategic investors adjusted to the reality of Covid-19?
  • What are current trends around healthcare investing?
  • What are some of the opportunities that are emerging for PE in healthcare?
  • How to create value given the current disruption in the marketplace?

On Thursday 29 of October at 16:00 pm (CEST) we will host the ETTG- […]OECD webinar event on multilateral development finance in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar will investigate the dynamics of the Multilateral Development Finance framework in the wake of COVID-19, making concrete recommendations on the most effective and impactful ways forward.

 The virtual WEBEX meeting will be in English and last 90 minutes, including Q&A. […]

The Africa Business Day is the indispensable annual platform in Switzerland for doing business in and with Africa. Africa Business Day is organized by the Swiss-African Business Circle under the patronage of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO. It brings together around 250 participants including CEOs, members of the Board, business development managers, export managers and investors. During the event, African Embassies/Missions  present investment opportunities in their respective countries at country desks in the dedicated virtual exhibition area.

Theme: Emerging Business Models
The theme of AFRICA BUSINESS DAY 2020 is Emerging Business Models. Digitalization, an increasingly shared and collaborative global economy and rapidly changing customer behaviors are changing the nature of business models that define how companies create, distribute and capture value for stakeholders (shareholders, clients, partners etc.). What new and innovative business models are on the horizon? And how will multi-dimensional expectations from stakeholders beyond pure shareholder thinking influence and shape business models going forward? […]

 The UNCTAD secretariat has the honour to inform member States and other entities that, due to the physical restrictions in force at the Palais des Nations as a consequence of the continuing pandemic, the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation, eighth session, will now be held virtually on 27–28 October 2020. The meeting sessions will be held each day from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 3–5 p.m. […] 

 The thirty-seventh session of the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting will be held from 2 to 6 November 2020, from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. The session will open at 2 p.m. on Monday, 2 November 2020, in room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Both in-person attendance and remote participation using an online platform will be possible, with interpretation in all United Nations languages. Further information on the modalities will be sent in due course. […] 

The EIF would like to warmly invite you to attend this virtual conference on how to best support LDCs recovering from COVID-19. The first session on 21 October will highlight emerging risks, and discuss how to address the vulnerabilities and build resilience of LDCs. The second session, on 23 October, featuring our own Executive Director, will discuss the new approaches and tools that could increase the mobilisation, impact and alignment of financing the recovery of LDCs.

Ethiopia's economic strategy clearly identifies priority sectors of manufacturing, agriculture, mining, tourism, and ICT in which Ethiopia holds comparative advantages. Over the past two decades, the Government has strengthened the country's competitiveness through major improvements in appropriate infrastructure and technical capacity, including massive investments in state-of-the-art industrial parks and logistics centers. The government has dramatically improved the country's transportation sector through the building of thousands of kilometers of paved roads, developing the railway system, and creating air passenger and cargo capacity unrivaled anywhere in the continent of Africa. In addition, the country continues to provide attractive incentives to investors in the identified priorities. The government is now implementing wide-ranging economic reform and privatization measures, opening several sectors to foreign investments. 

The U.S- Ethiopia investment dialogue program is designed for participants to gain deep insight and update on Ethiopian's ongoing economic reform. […]

Following the release of a collaborative report that assessed the impact of COVID-19 on trade finance, Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), an initiative hosted by the African Development Bank, is pleased to invite you to the following webinar together with report co-authors from the African Development Bank, the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA), the International Trade Center, the International Chamber of Commerce, Islamic Development Bank, West African Development Bank (BOAD) and East African Development Bank (EADB).

In this current unprecedented environment, policy makers & development organizations have attempted to respond to the multi-faceted pandemic and help sub-Saharan African countries ride these difficult times. Keeping trade in goods and services flowing presents an economic and social imperative to preserve the livelihoods of millions of Africans. Pre-COVID-19, the trade finance gap in Africa was already estimated to be above $100 billion.[…]

In 2021, the African and European Heads of State and Government will meet in Brussels to adopt a new strategy that guides the partnership between our two continents for the years to come. Although the AU-EU Summit was meant to take place this October and become a highlight of Germany ́s current EU Council Presidency, its postponement to next year provides the chance for civil society to set its own priorities for an inclusive, fair and sustainable partnership.

With civil society being an important bridge between the distant AU-EU policy processes and the wellbeing of people on the ground, our conference will provide the space to develop new civil society approaches for a revised Joint Africa-Europe Strategy that actually helps to improve people´s living conditions.  

The policy fields in which Africa and Europe would both benefit from close collaboration and a fair partnership are constantly increasing: They include the need for radical climate change reduction and adaptation measures; strengthening local and sustainable value chains to improve income; rural development and the shift towards a green agriculture; functioning social protection and health care systems; the creation of legal migration routes; intergenerational and gender justice, among others. […]

West African countries rely heavily on overseas rice imports, and the 2008 food prices crisis revealed the risk of this situation. West African governments therefore pursued policies aimed at developing the local rice sector and reducing import dependency. Although rice production increased considerably, the availability, affordability and appeal of imported rice continues to outweigh locally produced rice.

These policies have failed to deliver durable productivity gains and sufficient rice quality management, and also did not adequately address opportunities for trade within the West African region. For competitive, resilient and sustainable rice value chains to further emerge, it is crucial that trade policies become better aligned with agricultural and industrial policies. However, detailed information and analyses of rice trading dynamics in the region have been in short supply. […]