The European Business Council for Africa

As European foreign policy pivots south, EU-Africa relations are an important priority of the current German Presidency of the EU Council. While the COVID-19 crisis has forced Germany to change focus, shifting the EU’s long-term partnership with Africa remains a key policy concern. Germany’s presidency of the EU Council provides an opportunity to address structural challenges revealed by the current crisis, and to set the intercontinental partnership on track for a more sustainable and equitable future.

Where do European and African interests meet, and where do they diverge? Can a new partnership advance good governance? What role can the German EU Presidency play in this? And which issues should be prioritized at the EU-Africa Summit, now postponed to 2021?

This session will highlight how the U.S. and African public and private sectors are partnering to facilitate critical economic recovery in Senegal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Athens Democracy Forum (September 30 - October 2) is a free, virtual event that brings together leaders from government, business and the non-profit sector to explore the key issues facing democracy.  Themed "The New Abnormal: Reimagining Democracy,"  the event is hosted and moderated by senior The New York Times journalists in order to provide quality, independent analysis of the critical issues facing democracy   


The dynamic speaker line-up features Kyriakos Mitsotakis (Prime Minister, Hellenic Republic), Juan Guaido (President, Venezuelan Parliament), Marija Pejčinović Burić (Secretary-General, Council of Europe), Brad Smith (President, Microsoft), Elhadj As Sy (Chair of the Biard, Kofi Annan Foundation), Jeffrey Sachs (Professor, Columbia University), Yuval Noah Harar (author, historian and professor),  Kishore Mahbubani (Distinguished Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore), Alice Bah Kuhnke (Member of European Parliament, European Union) and many more. 

The digital economy and e-commerce are fast transforming societies globally, including in Africa where digital innovation is providing unprecedented opportunities for uplifting traditionally disadvantaged groups like women and youth. Appropriate and innovative policies at the national, regional and international levels are needed to harness these opportunities.

With African countries scheduled to start the process for an e-commerce protocol to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) by end 2020, African stakeholders urgently need to explore innovative solutions to African digital integration, drawing from their experiences in national policy as well as international and regional trade negotiations.

Three recent studies hold critical policy implications This session aims to support this critical work by drawing out the policy implications of three recent studies.

This session will highlight how the U.S. and African public and private sectors are partnering to facilitate critical economic recovery in Morocco in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What do crises teach us?

Civilian crisis prevention in Germany and the EU

Annual Conference of the Advisory Board to the Federal Government for Civilian Crisis Prevention and Peacebuilding

2 October 2020, 09.30-17.00

Unresolved long-lasting conflicts in Europe’s neighbourhood, progressing climate change and the corona pandemic as an amplifier – the European Union is navigating through troubled times. During the German EU Presidency, important political and financial decisions are due. Negotiations with the EU Parliament on the European Council’s draft for the next multi-annual financial framework and the EU Next Generation Programme are imminent. A new Africa Strategy and an Africa-EU Summit are planned. How important will the civilian component of crisis prevention and peacebuilding in the EU be in the future? What can we learn from crises that were not prevented?

Alors que la crise mondiale du Covid-19 continue de sévir, il faut au plus vite engager la nécessaire relance économique africaine, qui se fera avec le soutien de l'Europe et également de la France, dont les chambres consulaires interviennent pour assurer, d'un continent à l'autre, la coopération économique au service des entreprises et des territoires.


En effet, depuis de nombreuses années, le réseau CPCCAF met en oeuvre des solutions partenariales pour le développement, qui témoignent de la fertilisation croisée Europe-Afrique et démontrent que des opportunités de croissance sont possibles pour les territoires des deux continents, grâce à l'appui aux entreprises et aux métiers qui est assuré par les chambres.


En lien avec l'Assemblée nationale, la CPCCAF organisera ainsi un colloque en ligne, le vendredi 18 septembre 2020, de 14h30 à 16h30, pour faire état des actions des chambres, et évoquer celles qui pourront bientôt être menées, avec le soutien des partenaires, pour soutenir durablement l'activité économique des territoires et les populations africaines.

Preparations for the AU-EU summit offer an opportunity to give AU-EU cooperation on green transitions a new impetus. On the European side, the European Commission has proposed an ambitious agenda to transform the European Union in a carbon-neutral continent by 2050 and to decouple economic growth from resource use. While the Green Deal is first of all a transformative agenda for Europe, it also has important implications for the EU as a global actor and in particular for the EU’s relations with Africa. On the African side, the African Union and African states have launched a number of initiatives to promote a green transition that also allows for poverty reduction and job creation. The AfCFTA shall promote continental economic integration while the Agenda 2063 has ambitious objectives for energy transitions and the AU is currently preparing a new climate strategy. At the same time, the Corona crisis opens fundamental questions about how to move forward with the implementation of the Green Deal.

Preparations for the AU-EU summit offer an opportunity to give AU-EU cooperation on green transitions a new impetus. On the European side, the European Commission has proposed an ambitious agenda to transform the European Union in a carbon-neutral continent by 2050 and to decouple economic growth from resource use. While the Green Deal is first of all a transformative agenda for Europe, it also has important implications for the EU as a global actor and in particular for the EU’s relations with Africa. On the African side, the African Union and African states have launched a number of initiatives to promote a green transition that also allows for poverty reduction and job creation. The AfCFTA shall promote continental economic integration while the Agenda 2063 has ambitious objectives for energy transitions and the AU is currently preparing a new climate strategy. At the same time, the Corona crisis opens fundamental questions about how to move forward with the implementation of the Green Deal.

China’s economic presence across North Africa has grown in recent years. The global power has forged close economic relationships with Egypt and Algeria, while also continuing to develop ties with Morocco and Tunisia.

Beijing, which views the region as a geostrategic intersection between Mediterranean, Middle East, and Africa, has primarily focused its efforts on developing bilateral relations, while also working within the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the China–Arab States Cooperation Forum (CASCF).