The European Business Council for Africa

Introduction

Africa’s journey towards an integrated continent reached an important milestone on 30 May 2019 with the entry into force of the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) following ratification by 22 State Parties. The AfCFTA Agreement had earlier been signed by the first forty-four African Union (AU) Member States in Kigali, Rwanda on the 21 March 2018. This was historic not only because it marked the third stage of the roadmap set out in the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community (AEC) of 1991 (Abuja Treaty); but also because of the speed at which this happened. Never before, in the treaty making history of the African Union has a legal instrument of such nature received 22 ratifications in such a short period of time.

This report is the OECD’s annual flagship report on development co-operation. For more than 50 years, the Development Co-operation Report has brought new evidence, analysis and ideas to the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and the international community more broadly, shaping policy reform, behaviour change and promoting best practices in development co-operation. Each year the report analyses a fresh policy issue that is timely, relevant or challenging for development co-operation policy and finance. In addition, the Development Co-operation Profiles detail aggregate and individual trends in policies, allocations and institutional set-up for a broad range of providers, including members of the OECD and its Development Assistance Committee (DAC), other countries and philanthropic foundations.

1 July 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
In many countries around the world the space for civil society has been shrinking for some time, and this trend has only increased as a result of the current pandemic. Civic activism – such as the ability to meet, organize and advocate – has been made more difficult through lockdown measures. Checks and balances are being weakened while state surveillance has increased. At the same time, civil society has played a crucial role in community mobilization to address urgent needs during this crisis – whether it be the provision of essential services, informing communities about the virus, or protecting marginalized groups.

Securities, are delighted to present a free webinar that will bring together industry thought leaders for a live online discussion on the global economic effects of COVID-19, the impact of various global stimulus packages, and how governments and corporates will manage soaring debts. 

Corporate Council on Africa is pleased to host the Leaders Forum, a high-level virtual forum to bring together Heads of State, senior USG and African government officials, CEOs and private sector executives, and leaders from multilateral institutions. The Forum will take place over the course of one week and will provide an important platform and opportunity to explore various aspects of resilient U.S.-Africa business engagement that will shape and drive post-COVID-19 recovery.

Webinar on investment screening in times of COVID-19 – and beyond

📅25 June 2020, 12:30 to 14:00 (Paris time)

Governments recognise the benefits of international investment, but are paying increasing attention to occasional risk associated with foreign investment. As part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several governments have introduced new FDI screening mechanisms, enhanced existing ones, or accelerated policy making to fend off new or newly identified threats.

Investment screening already had a heyday before the crisis struck – the pandemic was a mere accelerator rather than the trigger of this trend. The superposition of the two waves of new measure may bring about transformational and permanent change to FDI screening policy practice – and to the way governments and societies view the benefits and risks associated with foreign investment.

With over 60 percent of the African continent’s population in rural areas and dependent on smallholder or family farming, the risk from the COVID-19 pandemic to food supply chains, market access and nutrition is high. Lockdown measures have disrupted internal supply chains halting food production. Locust swarms continue to devastate crops in East Africa.

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung's (FES) Africa Department and EU Office cordially invite you to the second webinar in our  series "What’s the offer? A new partnership between Europe and Africa". In the first webinar we discussed the ongoing renewal of the partnership between Europe and Africa and the impacts of the pandemic on it. In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

In 2020, the nature of the cooperation between the European Union and Africa is being negotiated and might profoundly change: a new EU-Sahel Strategy, a new EU-Africa Strategy, the EU-AU summit in autumn, the German Presidency of the Council of the EU, the development of new finance instruments – all against the background of a shaky multilateralism an the challenges posed by the corona crisis. An opportunity to raise the partnership to »a new level«? An opportunity to address not only issues such as security, migration, hunger and poverty but also sustainability, the empowerment of women and youth and fair trade?

March 5-8, 2020 / The European Cultural Centre of Delphi (E.C.C.D.), Delphi, Greece.

The Delphi Economic Forum is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working in close cooperation with civil society, public organizations, businesses and individuals. It engages business, political, academic, and other top experts in an effort to address emerging challenges, influence the national and regional agendas and promote sustainable and socially responsible growth policies for Greece, Europe and the wider Eastern Mediterranean region.

The next edition will take place in the beginning of March 2020, in Delphi, Greece. Our Secretary General; Alexandros Spachis will take part in the Forum as a guest speaker.

Registration here