The European Business Council for Africa

You are cordially invited to a webinar on Top 10 Geopolitical Risks in 2021: Looking Ahead. Every year in January, Eurasia Group, KPMG's Global Alliance partner, publishes its Top Risks report which forecasts key geopolitical risks for the year ahead. This year's report is available here.   

Last year's report branded 2020 as a negative tipping point —globalization changing its trajectory towards a US-China economic decoupling driven by both geopolitical and technological trends, at the same time as the global economy and the geopolitical order were experiencing downward cycles. As it happens, the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated and intensified those risks (as well as the opportunities—such as technological innovations and climate change response).   

Just as 2020 was overwhelmingly about healthcare responses to Covid-19 (and how much many governments got wrong), 2021 will overwhelmingly be abouteconomic responses to Covid-19's lingering symptoms and scar tissue (debt burdens and misaligned politics), even as vaccines roll out and the healthcare emergency fades. As economic issues come to the fore, there is no global leadership on political models, trade standards, and international architecture to follow. In this context, the US remains risk #1 in 2021 – as in 2020 – with Joe Biden's presidency seen as illegitimate by roughly half the country, and despite Donald Trump's exit, the US-China rivalry will continue to intensify (risk #4). Global challenges stay high on the list: the impact of Covid-19 is risk #2, climate risk is #3, global data (and the control of its flow) is risk #5, and a cyber conflict is risk #6.   

Despite numerous challenges, smallholder farmers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have unprecedented opportunities to supply local, regional and export markets. Innovation is a driving force in transforming food systems, promoting sustainable agriculture and leveraging investment. The private sector has a key role to play in shaping more sustainable, inclusive and profitable food systems, driven by innovation, knowledge co-creation, and support for a green transition.

In the context of implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), and of booming African urban markets, many trade opportunities exist and will increase at local, regional and continental levels. These opportunities will have to be captured by the local private sector to increase employment, especially for youth and women.

With this background and willing to support farmers’ organisations, cooperatives and SMEs to seize opportunities in new markets and to establish key partnerships to strengthen their competitiveness, PAFO and COLEACP launched in 2020 a series of sessions on Innovations and successes of African farmer-led businesses and SMEs.

Covid-19 has undoubtedly disrupted the global economies, trade landscape, supply chains, markets, consumer confidence and business models which will create a lasting economic consequences. The vulnerability of major economies has risen as growth slowed and various countries are now less able to absorb shocks. The global trade Partnership Arrangements (EPAs), investment relations and WTO are in transition. 

These economic trends and indicators are undoubtedly great opportunities for global economies, companies and investors to establish alternative economic and investment relations and to unlock market opportunities in the African region for growth. US Prosperity Africa Programme, the UK Transition and Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) are the many initiatives and trends that will harness the many prevailing opportunities in the region. 

Dans le cadre du cycle de conférences-débats organisé par l’Association Pour les Nations Unies (APNU) sur l’action des Nations Unies face aux défis énergétique et climatique, cette conférence, co-organisée avec le bureau de l’ONUDI à Bruxelles, se penchera sur les actions de l’ONUDI ainsi que sur celles de l’industrie européenne en particulier.

Quelles sont les perspectives du recours croissant aux sources d’énergie renouvelables ? Et dans les modes de production plus propres, plus efficients, plus recyclables, plus durables ? Quelles sont les programmes et les innovations technologiques de l’industrie permettant de réduire les émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) ? Quels sont les atouts et la valeur ajoutée du multilatéralisme et de la coopération internationale face à ces défis ? Comment contribuer aux Objectifs de Développement Durable des Nations Unies ? Quelle contribution pouvons-nous espérer du « Green Deal » de l’Union Européenne ? Et quelles contributions pouvons-nous attendre des acteurs de l’industrie ? Venez écouter et débattre avec nos experts.

The United Nations, United Kingdom and France are proud to be co-hosting the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, in partnership with Chile and Italy. This is a monumental step on the road to the UK-hosted COP26 next November in Glasgow. 

We are bringing leaders together who are ready to make new commitments to tackle climate change and deliver on the Paris Agreement, five years since it was adopted on December 12, 2015.

Leaders across government, business and civil society will gather for this online summit as the world deals with coronavirus. But the science is as urgent as ever and tells us that we need to limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5C degrees. We know climate change will not wait. Action must be taken now, together, for our planet, so we can build back better.

At the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, countries will set out new and ambitious commitments under the three pillars of the Paris Agreement: mitigation, adaptation and finance commitments. There will be no space for general statements.

African-European online hackathon program to find innovative solutions to socio-economic problems that have been further escalated by the outburst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When we first started  #euafricathejourney,  we never thought that we would meet that many amazing and inspiring people along the way. That is why we decided, that on top of the hackathon we will also put together an online conference- with many of these wonderful people featured as speakers. Have a look at the agenda and book your calendars for  4 days of inspiring talks and discussions on the topics of education, food security, job security, vulnerable populations, health and wellness, financial services, big data, cybersecurity, digital economy, e-Governance, and smart cities. All available online and free!

About this Event

Why you should attend

Published every year by African Export-Import Bank(Afreximbank), the African Trade Report is one of the key publications to understand Trade in the African continent. Ahead of the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, the need to understand the various drivers of trade has never been more pressing.

This event will offer unique insights into:

  • The contents and findings of the 2020 African Trade Report
  • What will be the long term consequences of COVID-19 on Trade
  • The importance of Informal Cross Border Trade 
  • AfCTA and overall impact on intra-continental and intra-regional Trade

Don’t miss the launch of the African Research Initiative for Scientific Excellence (ARISE) Pilot Programme a novel pan-African instrument to support scientific excellence with a European support of €25 million from the EU’s Development Cooperation Instrument. The pilot programme aims to enhance the conditions in which African knowledge is created and disseminated, and to make the African research ecosystem less vulnerable to brain drain. Speakers include:
  • Jutta Urpilainen, European Commissioner for International Partnerships
  • Sarah Anyang Agbor, African Union Commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology
  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth and European Young Leader (EYL40)
  • Isayvani Naicker, Director Strategy and Partnerships at African Academy of Sciences
  • Sandra Kramer, Director of EU-AU relations, West and East Africa, European Commission Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO)
  • Maria Cristina Russo, Director of International Cooperation, European Commission Directorate General for Research and Innovation


World’s struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic continues, particularly in preventing its further spread and ensuring access to affordable medical products, such as diagnostic kits, personal protective equipment (PPEs), ventilators and also upcoming vaccines and medicines, which can prevent and cure the disease. In order to enhance such access to healthcare, ex ante competition policy can be used as a viable tool, in addition to competition law enforcement.

Competition policy, here denotes, pro-competition government policies, including industrial policy. In the context of access to medical products through competition, a pro-competition intellectual property (IP) policy becomes crucial. For instance, domestic IP laws incorporating flexibilities enshrined in the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is more likely to engender generic competition in pharmaceutical markets. India’s example can be cited here, which, inter alia, deals with the anti-competitive menace of ‘evergreening’ by having a narrow patentability criteria allowed under TRIPs.

Health security is no longer a single country agenda. It is now clear that to be effective, sustainable and more progressive in strengthening global health security and building resilience – particularly in Africa – there needs to be more collaboration, connectivity and deliberate information exchange.

This high-level virtual event will serve as the launch of CCA's new Health Security and Resilience Initiative, which will bring together U.S. and African business executives and senior government officials including Ministers of Health, as well as leaders from multilateral institutions. This event will showcase CCA's vision for the initiative and explore the policy lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and inform a path forward for U.S.-Africa collaboration on health security and resilience on the continent.

Speakers will look both behind and ahead at lessons learned, best practices and policies that support enhanced healthcare financing and strengthening service delivery for improved disease response and management preparedness, implementation of Universal Health Coverage and increased trade and investment in Africa's health sector. 

Attendees will include CCA members and non-members, African Dip Corps, USG, African Govts, Africa health sector stakeholders including multilateral institutions and multi-donor initiatives.