The European Business Council for Africa

As Africa and Europe seek to re-set their partnership, Friends of Europe is engaging with our partners across both continents to understand the long-term vision and the converging and diverging priorities at the heart of this new cooperation.

Africa and Europe have a shared interest and much to gain from one another in accelerating the progress of the global agenda for sustainable development, whilst working together to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through its “Debating Africa-EU” series, Friends of Europe is focused on engaging its partners and the new EU College of Commissioners around their vision and priorities for EU-Africa cooperation. In response to the Joint Communication Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa, this series serves as a consultative exercise for key stakeholders and partners from both continents to voice their perspectives on the future of the relationship.

Après un premier webinaire organisé le 2 juillet 2020 avec ITC (International Trade Center) sur l’impact de la pandémie mondiale du COVID19 sur les entreprises africaines, la CPCCAF organise un nouveau webinaire, le 24 novembre 2020 (via GoToMeeting), avec l’OIM (Office international des migrations), l’OIT (Organisation internationale du travail) et la FEWACCI (Fédération des CCI d’Afrique de l’Ouest) sur les conditions de travail au sein des entreprises africaines dans le contexte persistant de la crise sanitaire du COVID19.

Différentes problématiques y seront abordées, parmi lesquelles : l’accès aux outils numériques ; l’absence des salariés et la réorganisation du travail… et également les conditions de travail des migrants dans le présent contexte de crise.

Think Africa in collaboration with Ubuntu Film Club and OPAD are organising an exciting and empowering event for youths of African background living in Finland. The event through film and discussions provides a safe space for youths to share their views of Africa, their identity and experiences in Finland, and their wishes and role in Africa’s development.

Target audience is youths between the ages 16 - 25, but all interested are welcome to attend.

Registered participants will enter a raffle to win a nice surprise :)

This event serves as the Launch event for Think Africa’s youth-focused program for 2021, which will provide a space and set of activities that will create cultural awareness, address identity related issues and provide a supporting platform where participants can share their stories, challenges, build skills, and have access to mentorship and role models. 

There is a growing consensus that public finances won't be enough to help least developed countries (LDCs) recover from COVID-19.

Join investors, business and government leaders in this digital event to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted finance and investment for trade in LDCs and what strategies can help LDCs access new sources of finance and investment for trade. Register below and we also encourage you to join our online conversation on Twitter by tagging @EIF4LDCs.

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Do you have questions about financing and investment for trade in LDCs? Submit them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our speakers will endeavor to answer them during the event. You will also be able to submit questions and communicate with the event producers should you have any technical issues using the chat function during the event.

SSCG Africa Agribusiness Summit 2021 will take place online on Thursday 28 January 2021. The theme is Accelerating African agro industry growth, productivity and value chain development; Tackling food waste and security challenges.

The half day-long summit will bring together stakeholders from governments, investors, business, academia and multilateral institutions to take stock of the agriculture and agro sectors in Africa and identify opportunities to enhance growth, efficiency, productivity and sustainability across agricultural value chains in support of smallholder farmers, agricultural products processing and boost food security. The summit will feature panel discussions, transformation talks and presentations on a myriad of topics and opportunities. Its aim is threefold: to highlight innovative solutions for growth, discuss areas for further investment and qualifiers for investment, and create an avenue for collaboration between the UK and African private and public sectors. 

BOLSTERING AFRICA’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19: HOW CAN JOINT AFRICAN AND INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS DEFEAT THE PANDEMIC AND ITS SIDE EFFECTS?

On 15 April 2020, 18 world leaders called for an urgent debt moratorium and unprecedented health and economic aid package to help the African continent withstand the multiple shocks caused by Covid-19. The call made it clear that “only a global victory that fully includes Africa can bring this pandemic to an end”. The initiative urged for action in four sectors: support to African health systems, research, humanitarian aid, and economy. Seven months later, has the common call for action really made a difference? What could be done now to improve the situation in a tangible way?

AFRICA: TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Speakers will present and explain the financing solutions to challenges faced by the private sector in Africa, especially SMEs, in the current crisis context. Panellists will present and discuss roadmaps and concrete actions taken by Public Development Banks, European DFIs, private banks and financial institutions in delivering efficient and accurate financing solutions. They will exchange on their respective and collective role in supporting the viability of existing companies impacted by the pandemic, in a responsible and sustainable way.

Speakers:
Dr Stefan Cibian, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Faten Aggad, Senior Advisor to the African Union High Representative on AU-EU Negotiations
Bernard Quintin, Deputy Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service
[Additional speakers to be confirmed]

In the framework of MedaWeek Barcelona 2020, we will hold the New Africa Business Development Forum: “Africa’s way into the post-Covid-19 future”.

The Coronavirus pandemic has strained the socio-economic tissue of Africa.  In early 2020, prior to the health and economic crisis, the African continent was considered among the fastest growing regions in the world, a new frontier for international investments. African countries and transnational institutions now face the challenge to maintain this trend in the aftermath of the current downturn.

The African continent is vast and ever-diverse, and no single simple narrative could portray its complexity. High inequality, poverty, political instability, and violent conflicts undermine the security and well-being of millions of people. Cooperation and economic integration may be positive first steps towards regional development. An attentive and precautionary removal of trade barriers could boost economic relationships while encouraging constructive interaction and transnational infrastructure projects.

The New Africa Business Development Forum aims to provide a platform for experts, policy-makers, industry leaders, academics and investors, to explore new potential areas for financial assistance for key infrastructure players.

La Banque Africaine de Développement (BAfD) est l’une des banques où les entreprises françaises réussissent le mieux : en 2019, elles ont remporté 68 M $ d’appels d’offres pour des prestations de services, de biens et des marchés de travaux dans des secteurs comme l’énergie, les technologies de communication, l’eau et assainissement, les transports et infrastructures. 

Vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur les projets financés par les banques de développement en Afrique ? Participez aux ateliers virtuels le mardi 24 novembre à 8h30 et mercredi 25 novembre à 10h (heures françaises) !

Lors du premier atelier, découvrez comment mieux travailler avec le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement, ses mécanismes de financement et les modalités d’accompagnement du secteur privé avec l’intervention du nouvel Administrateur pour la France auprès de la BAfD. Vous pourrez bénéficier de rendez-vous individuels avec des responsables sectoriels/chefs de projets.

The 12th edition of Africa PPP, Infrastructure Investment Partnerships Conference, is back in 2020 but this year will be online, on 1 - 2 of December 2020, under the theme: “Partnering on public infrastructure projects for sustainable development and economic growth”.

The entire world being hit by Covid-19, developing Infrastructure, now more than ever, is important. Africa PPP will help rebuild the economy by gathering both public and private sectors to develop partnerships in Electricity, Transport, Health, Water and ICT industries. 

Africa PPP is a unique event: To access information on new project opportunities; network with leading decision makers in the sector, from the comfort of your own home/office; hear from 50+ industry experts and key stakeholders during the 2-day event, and to hear presentation of defined bankable projects.