The European Business Council for Africa

Navigating the digital transformation road-map

The speed at which banks are embracing the potential offered by technological change varies considerably but there appears to be only one direction of travel.

Part of its Future of African Banking series, the "Building a Digital-First Bank" will present attendees an insightful conversation hosted by African Banker's Group Publisher Omar Ben Yedder with Terence Sibiya, Group Managing Executive of Nedbank, and Jouk Pleiter, CEO of Backbase.

The event is expected to last 30 minutes and will seek to demystify the key elements to a successful digital transformation strategy. In addition, participants will receive a free copy of the Africa Digital Banking Transformation Report, which outlines best practices in digital transformation strategies and nurturing a culture of innovation.

Infrastructure development is a key driver for progress across the African continent and a critical enabler for productivity and sustainable economic growth. Investment in infrastructure accounts for over half of the recent improvement in economic growth in Africa and has the potential to achieve even more. Africa’s vast infrastructure deficit is a constraint on its growth, but also an opportunity to leapfrog to new, more efficient technologies.

Join us for the Virtual SSCG Africa Infrastructure Forum panel discussion on  Infrastructure Development Projects, Trade, Investment and Partnership Opportunities in Africa on Wednesday, 10 February 2021 between 09:00 - 12:00 GMT to hear and learn from our industry leaders and experts. 

Dernière étape du Tour de France pour l'entrepreneuriat de la diversité et des diasporas organisé par le Conseil Présidentiel pour l'Afrique

Après les événements de Bordeaux, Lyon et Marseille, le Conseil Présidentiel pour l'Afrique vous invite à sa 4ème conférence-débat sur l’entrepreneuriat de la diversité et des diasporas. Cette édition permettra de présenter les recommandations qui seront remises à l’Élysée pour soutenir les entrepreneurs.

About the event 

One year on from the UK-Africa Investment Summit hosted in January 2020, the UK Department for International Trade is proud to organise the Africa Investment Conference, bringing together UK and African businesses to discuss emerging and relevant themes around doing business in Africa, and to connect UK companies to opportunities of today and tomorrow across the continent.

Despite the current global economic context, the UK’s ambition to be Africa’s investment partner of choice has never been stronger, and strengthening investment relationships will be central in recovering from the disruption caused by the international COVID-19 pandemic.

In a world that produces enough food to feed its entire population, more than 1.5 billion people cannot afford a diet that meets the required levels of essential nutrients while over 3 billion people cannot afford the cheapest healthy diet. People without access to healthy diets live in all regions of the world. Meanwhile, half of the global adult population is now overweight, contributing to the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases and related healthcare costs.  At the same time, our food systems are a major cause of biodiversity loss, greenhouse gas emissions and the consumption of a large number of natural resources.

These impacts are mostly being felt by groups already made vulnerable by the ongoing agriculture and food transformation, particularly smallholder family farmers, rural workers, indigenous people, migrants, and underemployed/unemployed women and men. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, some 1.6 billion already vulnerable workers in the informal economy – half of the global workforce – may be significantly affected.

The African Development Bank is preparing a new governance strategy, entitled Strategy for Economic Governance in Africa(click here for the document), in line with its objective of spurring sustainable economic development and social progress in its Regional Member Countries, thereby contributing to poverty reduction.

As part of the strategy preparation process, the Bank intends to hold consultations with Regional Member Countries (RMCs) and its institutional partners to help the Bank finalize the strategy by aligning its strategic orientation with the priorities of its RMCs and the operational framework of its institutional partners.

The discussions will enable the RMCs and key partners to take ownership of the strategy document to ensure its successful implementation. Country consultations will include government ministries, departments and agencies; civil society organizations and private citizens; and governance bodies, including international finance and development institutions.

The key topic of GFFA each year is discussed in depth in numerous panels and forums by more than 2000 international participants.A kick-off event introduces the GFFA subject and thus lays the foundation for the various expert discussions held over the following days. The key element of the kick-off event is a facilitated panel discussion. The political highlight of the GFFA is the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference which is not open to the public.  It is the world’s largest conference of agriculture ministers, attended by around 70 agriculture ministers. High-level representatives from more than 10 international organisations such as the FAO, OECD, WTO and World Bank also attend the conference. At the conference, the agriculture ministers formulate a common political position on the respective GFFA subject in the Final Communiqué, which has to date always been unanimously adopted. The results are fed into the further international discourse on agricultural policy.

Times maybe uncertain, but one thing is for sure, February in the African mining industry means one thing, Mining Indaba. And whilst we’ll all miss the joys of Cape Town, we couldn’t let February pass without delivering the unmissable insights, multi-stakeholder discussions and keynotes you’ve come to expect from us these past 27 years.

Together with industry pioneers and government leaders, we will tackle everything from using mining to reboot national economies to embracing ESG in the boardroom and the rise of gold in the pandemic.

Demand from the Mining Indaba community to regroup has been overwhelming and we can’t wait for you to join us and major industry names to celebrate the resilience, innovations and spirit of our sector. We can’t wait to welcome you to Mining Indaba Virtual.

London: Investing in African Mining Indaba (Mining Indaba), part of Hyve Group Plc is honoured to announce that His Excellency, Mokgweetsi Masisi, President of Botswana has confirmed to deliver his presidential keynote address at the upcoming Mining Indaba Virtual. 

Investment, Technologies, Digital Health and Partnership Opportunities for Resilient Health Systems, Quality Patient Care and Services

About this Event

Join us for the virtual SSCG UK - Africa Healthcare Forum on Thursday, 25 March 2021 as we explore and discuss "Investment, Technologies, Digital Health and Partnership Opportunities for Resilient Health Systems , Quality Patient Care and Services " in Africa for UK organisations, companies, investors, entrepreneurs and suppliers. 

Beyond the staggering tragedy that is the death and illness of thousands of people the world over, the COVID-19 pandemic has also brought unprecedented economic disorder, decimating economies and livelihoods of citizens in rich and poor nations alike. Although the virus was slow to arrive on Africa’s shores, the economic impacts of the disease were not, as the global economy halted and Africa’s growing, largely service-based economy was forcibly shut down to preempt the disease’s spread.

As the region looks to open back up, African and world leaders have had to balance the health and economic wellness of the region. Global momentum and progress toward vital human development goals cannot just be dropped or forgotten, but efforts to recover from the immediate twin crises must also be bolstered. Indeed, now we must take stock of the lessons learned and, more importantly, consider what we can do better.