EU-Ethiopia Business Forum 2019
EU-Ethiopia Business Forum 2019
hosted by European Commission
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 09:00 - 18:00
The Square, Brussels
The objective of this Forum was mainly to support and stimulate European private sector trade and investment.
During this high-level business forum we had the opportunity to exchange practical information about doing business in Ethiopia and interact with top-officials from the Ethiopian Investment Commission and with other high-ranking officials from Ethiopia.
In the presence of Mr. Jyrki Katainen, vice-president of the European Commission and Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, the day-long program focused on four key sectors in Ethiopia. These sectors were:
- Textile, apparel and leather
- Pharmaceutical and medical
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“The Contribution of Quality Infrastructure to Sustainable Development”
Organized by UNIDO in cooperation with the African Union, it will be held on:
4 April 2019 at the Stanhope Hotel Brussels, Belgium.
The Forum will focus on best practices of quality infrastructure for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), and it will look at how sustainability standards can help the private sector achieve the SDGs. It will gather representatives of international quality infrastructure governance bodies and practitioners, and will combine interventions by policymakers, technical experts, members of the private sector and developmental partners that will set the scene for future collaboration on quality infrastructure. The Forum will also serve to identify priority interventions for the development of quality infrastructure systems in support of the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa 2016-2025 (IDDA III).
Registrations via this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-quality- infrastructure-forum-registration-57014473826 (password: UNIDO).
Please RSVP by Wednesday 20th of March to Mr. Rémi Roland (
International Summit, 24-25/02/2019
Background note - EU-League of Arab States summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 24-25/02/2019
For more details, see the meeting page.
High-Level Forum Africa-Europe 17- 18 December 2018
Austria is holding the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2018. In line with the conclusions of the European Council of June 28 2018, Europe needs to take the extent and the quality of its cooperation with Africa to a new level, moving beyond focusing on migration as a common challenge. Austria wants to contribute to this aim.
President Kagame of Rwanda is the Chairman of the African Union for 2018. As an advocate for the advancement of an African single digital market, he has emphasised that a pathway to prosperity for all Africans, especially young people, can only be achieved by infusing African economies with technology and by collaborating with Africa’s private sector.
Therefore, President Kagame and Chancellor Kurz have decided to call for a High-Level Forumto provide a space for European and African leaders, together with CEOs of major global companies, innovation champions, start-ups and other stakeholders, to reflect and act on what needs to be done to secure prosperity and competitiveness on both continents as well as to deepen the relationship in all its aspects with a specific focus on taking our cooperation to the digital age. The forum takes place in Vienna, Austria on December 18 2018.
Christoph Kannengiesser (Africa Verein), Alexandros Spachis (Secretary General of EBCAM), Etienne Giros (President of EBCAM and CIAN member)
Africa eCommerce Week Nairobi, Kenya, 10-14 December
Elections in the DRC
Presidential, legislative and provincial elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are scheduled to take place on 23 December 2018, following a two-year lapse since the expiration of President Joseph Kabila’s mandate. Given the country’s constitutional crisis, widespread insecurity and humanitarian crisis, the upcoming elections hold high stakes for the people of the DRC. The polls could potentially bring about the country’s first democratic transfer of power, but they also risk further destabilisation if electoral credibility is undermined. Understanding the DRC’s complex political landscape, regional dynamics and root causes of conflict is crucial for domestic and international actors to support a viable election process and future for the DRC.
The Africa Programme, with the support of the Open Society Foundations, is hosting a series of events assessing specific dynamics and challenges, in support of preparing responses to issues and post-election engagement.
click on the following links for more information about these events
U.S.-Africa Forum on Trade and Investment February 12, 2019
Sahel and West Africa Week : 3-8 December 2018
Organised by the Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat (SWAC/OECD), the Sahel and West Africa Week is an annual meeting for dialogue and knowledge-sharing on food issues. It has become “the place to be” for the region’s development stakeholders for informal exchange, networking and building partnerships. Bringing together some 300 participants every year in a different West African country, it is the OECD’s largest event on the African continent. Hosted by the Government of The Gambia under the aegis of ECOWAS and UEMOA, the 2018 edition will take place at the Labranda Coral Beach Hotel. Read the Welcome words by the SWAC president.
Africa Day 2018
Africa is a continent in transformation, as more people move within countries and across borders than ever before. The continent has the youngest population in the world, some of the fastest growing economies, and rising potential in many sectors. But Africa also continues to suffer from persistent unemployment and poverty.
The EIB’s Africa Day was created to explore the continent’s many challenges and discuss ways to tap into its huge potential. The event serves as a platform for debate in areas such as private sector development, finance for small businesses, jobs for youth and women, agriculture, innovation and digitalisation.
Diverse economic growth
This year’s event will be hosted by the EIB in partnership with UNIDO, the United Nations’ Industrial Development Organization. It will take place on 22 November in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The topic at the top of the list will be sustainable industrialisation, an important step in the development of diverse economic growth in Africa.
Manufacturing is expected to expand quickly in Africa and create millions of jobs. The United Nations has identified industry, innovation and infrastructure as the ninth Sustainable Development Goal. Industry is of real importancefor millions of ambitious young men and women in Africa who seek jobs and opportunities.
Africa Day will examine why sustainable industrialisation is increasingly topping the policy and business agenda in African countries. It will explore how industry in Africa can become more appealing for European and African companies. Where are the opportunities for private investment in sustainable industrialisation? How can sustainable industrialisation help young entrepreneurs and women?
Top-level discussions on breaking down barriers
High-level speakers from diverse sectors and regions in Africa and Europe will attend Africa Day 2018. They will lead discussions on opportunities for growth and diversification. They will discuss ways to break down barriers and let Africa industrialise inclusively. The day will offer attendees a way to forge new partnerships, reinforce old ones and find new ways to help the continent.
The event is open to chief executives, financial officers, government representatives, entrepreneurs, academics, nongovernmental groups and civil society leaders.
Previous Africa Days have been in Luxembourg, Abidjan and Berlin, in partnership with the Luxembourg government, the African Development Bank and Afrika-Verein. More than 300 high-level participants commonly attend Africa Day.
To apply for an invitation please contact
World Investment Forum 22 - 26 October 2018 - Geneva, Switzerland
The UNCTAD World Investment Forum is the pre-eminent global platform for investment and development.
The forum devises strategies and solutions for global investment and development challenges. It facilitates multi-stakeholder collective action to stimulate investment in development.
It offers a unique opportunity to influence investment-related policymaking, shape the global investment environment, and to network with global leaders in business and politics.