The European Business Council for Africa

Powered by Untapped, The Nest is a monthly event series taking place both in-person and online, where startups and entrepreneurs in emerging markets pitch to angel investors around the world.

In this third edition of Invest Africa x Untapped Global’s The Nest, we’ll be celebrating The Nest’s one year anniversary. On April 22nd, join us online and offline in select cities to watch two African startups pitch to a group of international angel investors for funding, feedback and global recognition.

Meet the Founders:

- Derrick Ashong, CEO and Founder of AMP Global. AMP Global is a Nigerian startup revolutionizing the Telecom and Media industries by empowering fans to earn mobile data for discovering and amplifying great content.

- Oumar Basse, CEO and Founder of Yobanté Express. Yobanté Express is a Senegalese marketplace connecting local couriers with local commerce to optimize domestic, cross-border and last-mile delivery in emerging markets.

USAID TradeHub and Neu Capital Africa, in collaboration with Invest Africa, invites you to the second in a two-part series, looking at strengthening the ties between Southern Africa and global investors.

In this session, our panel of experts will offer delegates key insights and advice on how to prepare your business for investment in Africa, with focus on growth strategies, addressing ESG issues and the importance of proper governance structures.

Invest Africa is partner of the event.

The Annual AVCA Conference returns virtually, bringing together world-class investors, policymakers and business leaders for interactive sessions, solutions-driven dialogue and dynamic networking. This year, AVCA is celebrating 20 years of pioneering industry research, advocacy and promoting private investment in Africa.

With ongoing global efforts towards robust economic recovery, there is no better time to rethink the role of private investment in Africa’s pathway to long-term growth.

Conversations at the conference will go beyond the surface with deep-dive sessions on the trends driving investment on the continent, from gender-smart investing and ESG to international trade policy and technology adoption. Our speakers will also share best practices for fundraising and fund structuring to accelerate capital inflow to Africa.

Over four days, AVCA will showcase investor success stories and innovation from leading entrepreneurs across key sectors, including agriculture, hospitality, healthcare and infrastructure.

Launch of the Continental Survey Report:

Impact of COVID-19 on African Trade Finance

Trade finance is the lifeblood of commerce. During the last financial crisis in 2008/09, credit lines dried up for many emerging markets. The Covid-19 pandemic has unarguably had a much greater global economic toll. In April 2020, month on month global trade contracted by 12.1%. 

In the first survey of its kind, Afreximbank, alongside a number of strategic partners, conducted the first continent wide Trade Finance Survey, to better understand where Africa stands and the impact on the banking sector of the pandemic downturn. What can banks and African governments do, in a synchronised fashion, to accelerate both trade and growth in the post-containment phase of the pandemic?

Africa’s green future: new investment pathways towards sustainable, inclusive development

This high level online forum will bring leading government and business figures, international and development financial institutions, and academia together, and get the perspectives of both the public and private sectors on sustainable development and green investment in Africa. We will share experiences, innovative approaches and opportunities to mobilise private and public capital towards the Green Transition in Africa, as well as showcasing how green and sustainable business models are profitable, create jobs and generate wealth while contributing to achieving the world’s climate objectives.

Topics covered will include the role of the European Union and its Member States in curbing climate change across the world, with a focus on Africa; how international financial institutions are responding to this challenge through targeted, innovative instruments and enhanced outreach; and how private sector models are changing to become greener and more sustainable.

CCA will host a two-part webinar series -- Leveraging Public-Private Partnerships for Vaccine Acquisition and Delivery in Africa -- on April 13 and 14 that will highlight the role of public-private partnership in closing the vaccine financing gap and tackling the logistics and infrastructure challenges related to vaccine delivery and inoculations in Africa. 

The webinar series will showcase key vaccine financing schemes on the continent as well as technologies and leading solutions that the U.S. and African public and private sectors can launch to facilitate an efficient delivery and inoculation of vaccine doses on the continent.  

Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) is drawing on two of its platforms – its Africa Finance Forum (annually held on the sidelines of the World Bank/IMF spring meetings) and its newly launched U.S.-Africa Health Security and Resilience Initiative—to convene key stakeholders to discuss strategic collaboration on vaccine delivery in Africa and, thus, a path to economic recovery on the continent.  

Welcome by Stefan Liebing, Chairman, German-African Business Association, followed by presentations of the Africa’s Development Dynamics 2021 report by Jean-Denis Gabikini, Acting Director of Directorate of Economic Development, Integration and Trade of the Department of Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining – AUC, and Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General on Development. The ensuing discussion with H.E. Igor Cesar, Ambassador of Rwanda to Germany, Stefan Oswald, Director for Africa, German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Gregor Wolf, Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) will be moderated by Nicola Brandt, Head of the OECD Berlin Centre.

The Resource Mobilization and Partnerships Department (FIRM) of the African Development Bank will hold its first virtual Business Opportunities Seminar (BOS) for 2021 over two days in April in order to accommodate participants in different time zones.

The webinar will offer individual and consulting firms, civil contractors, manufacturers and commercial attachés from the Bank Group’s regional and non-regional members an opportunity to learn more about how to become Bank suppliers or partners.

Specifically, the sessions will provide an overview of Bank Group policies and operations; procurement rules and procedures; and ongoing and future country activities. The webinar will also feature Business-to-Business meetings with key Bank Group departments.

Interpretation services will be provided in English and French.

The African Development Bank will launch its 2021 African Economic Outlook on Friday, 12 March 2021. The theme of this year’s report is From Debt Resolution to Growth: The Road Ahead for Africa, which examines Africa’s growth performance and outlook and presents the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The launch will be attended by African Development Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina, Nobel laureate Prof. Joseph Stiglitz, government ministers and Governors of the Bank, representatives of the diplomatic corps, researchers and industry experts. 

Following a presentation on the African Economic Outlook, a panel of senior policymakers, sovereign debt experts and private sector practitioners will discuss the report and present their views. Panelists will focus on helping African countries build back better from the crisis and manage debt vulnerabilities. 

The African Economic Outlook is the Bank’s flagship tool for economic intelligence, policy dialogue, and operational effectiveness. The report is read widely by policymakers, academics, investors, development practitioners and the media. 

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

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. 

20+ Speakers

500+ Attendees

100+ Companies represented