The European Business Council for Africa

When: Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Online only:

What: The rapid spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 has made the successful rollout and uptake of vaccinations against the disease around the world more urgent than ever. Through regional cooperation and tough national actions, among other factors, the African continent has made impressive strides toward preventing the devastating impacts of the pandemic seen elsewhere. However, recent months have seen massive upticks in case numbers as containment measures are relaxed and global travel resumes. In fact, the region has now counted over 7 million cases, and this number is rising rapidly, alongside large numbers of tragic and preventable deaths.

The Summit will take place on the 28-29 November 2021 in Marrakech, Morocco.

Based on previous successful editions, the EU-Africa Business Summit is willing to pursue its mission of promoting and facilitating trade & investment between the EU and Africa.

The EU-Africa Business Summit 2021 will be centered around the four following main themes: Africa's value chain, digital transformation, healthcare innovation, green transition.

Since its inception in 2012, the West African Clean Energy & Environment (WACEE) trade fair has developed into the most relevant renewable energy and environment trade fair in West Africa.

The 2-day conference takes place from 29 - 30 September 2021.

The 5th African Diaspora Agrofood Forum focuses on Recovery, Resilience and Sustainability: African Diaspora Agrofood Entrepreneurship in a changing world and will take place on 17th and 19th of September.

A virtual conference will be held via Zoom on Friday 17th September, 10:00 – 16:30 (CEST). Development experts, policy makers, financial experts and African diaspora entrepreneurs will discuss the role and potentials of the African diasporas in the agrofood sector. You can register to the conference hereunder.

Wednesday, 8 September 2021, 16:00- 17:30 (via Zoom)

The poverty and employment crises on the African continent are accelerating to a worrying extent. The Covid-19 pandemic further highlights how fragile the situation is for most people in sub-Saharan Africa. Proposals to help eradicate both crises through growth, improving business environments or increasing foreign direct investment are numerous. However, many proposals and existing policies – also promoted by the EU - do not live up to the expected impact. High growth does not go hand in hand with more and better jobs and neither does it cause the expected easing in the labour markets. Thus, job opportunities are continuously lacking and, consequently, social challenges are on the rise.

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.