The European Business Council for Africa

29 May, 2023
Rome, Italy

In 2024, Italy will hold the rotating Presidency of the G7. Faced with a fraught geopolitical environment and persistent crises whose intensity does not seem to decrease, how will the seven largest democracies agree to respond with effective actions? And how will Italy steer the agenda setting in these challenging times?

14 June 2023, 14:00-16:00

Health care in Sub-Saharan Africa remains the worst in the world, with few countries able to spend the $34 to $40 a year per person that the World Health Organization considers the minimum for basic health care. And despite widespread poverty, an astonishing 50% of the region’s health expenditure is financed by out-of-pocket payments from individuals.

21 June 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa

The Africa Fintech Summit is the premiere global initiative dedicated to fintech in Africa. Twice a year, they bring the issues, entrepreneurs, and opportunities revolutionising finance in Africa to the world’s stage. Their spring event occurs each April in Washington, DC, (ahead of the spring meetings of the World Bank Group) and each November in a different African city. The AFTS awards recognise excellence in entrepreneurship and innovation, the Alpha Expo program provides scholarships and access to promising pre-funded startups from across the continent, and tech tours and investors missions forge global connections and raise awareness for Africa’s diverse fintech ecosystems.

5 - 6 June 2023


The 2023 edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM, organized in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will bring together over 1800 African private sector leaders and international investors during 2 days on June 5th and 6th, 2023 in Abidjan.

31st May 2023, 14:00-15:30

The global just energy transition and commitment to the Paris Agreement for reduced carbon emissions presents a significant opportunity for several African mining jurisdictions and companies.

But supplying the metals and minerals required for the transition will require an increase in mining activity, which itself has traditionally been a high carbon-emitting sector. Methods for extraction will need to be climate-conscious while also meeting societal expectations for delivering inclusive economic benefits.

30-31 May 2023
Mogadishu, Somalia

The success of the First Forum has prompted the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Federal Government of Somalia and UNIDO to organize the 2nd edition of the 2019 Forum, with an enlarged vision titled 1st Somalia Economic Conference to be held on May 30th and 31st, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The 1st Somalia Economic Conference will host the 2nd Italia-Somalia Business and Trade Forum on May 30th and the 1st Somalia Private Sector Partnership Meet on May 31st.

7 June 2023, 15:00 – 18:00 CET

On 7 June 2023 from 15:00 – 18:00 CET (16:00 - 19:00 EAT), ECDPM will co-organise a joint hybrid event in Addis Ababa and online with European Union Delegation to the African Union, the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Addis Ababa and Permanent Mission to the AU, the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) to take stock of recent advances and continued challenges in digitalisation in an Africa-Europe context and to identify ways to partner.

26 April 2023, 9:30 - 15:30
Virtual workshop


This workshop has explored how recent trends affected foreign direct investment (FDI) flows, their impact on inclusive economic development and social cohesion in the partner countries of German development cooperation and how these impacts can be further improved.


Benguela Province, Angola 

23-24 May 2023

Following the successful first Angola-European Union Business Forum in Brussels in 2022, the EU in partnership with Angolan authorities will hold a second edition of the event in May 2023. 

Since the first edition, Angola continues to improve its business environment, diversify exports and enhance the country’s infrastructure. The EU and its Member States, as major trade and investment partners, are committed to support the reforms oriented towards economic diversification and growth, decent jobs creation and sustainability. 

Part of the broader EU strategy to step up engagement through the "partnership of equals" approach, the European Commission concluded negotiations with Angola on a Sustainable Investment Facilitation Agreement (SIFA) - the first EU agreement of this kind - to further enhance sustainable trade and investment links in line with the Global Gateway. The agreement is designed to attract and expand investments while integrating environment and labour rights commitments in the Angola-EU relationship. It seeks to support the diversification of Angola's economy, currently based on its abundant raw materials and energy resources, to unlock the country's potential through inclusive and sustainable growth. In addition, Angola's accession to the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACTAJ and the SADC Trade Protocol contribute critically to connecting Angola's economy to regional and global value chains.

12th April 2023 from 11:00 to 13:00


On 12 April 2023 from 11:00 to 13:00 CET, ECDPM, together with United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies and the Trade Law Centre are co-organising an online webinar to discuss how external actors can best support African economic integration.