The European Business Council for Africa

A constructive policy starts with open dialogue and mutual understanding. The CSIS Africa Program in collaboration with three leading African think tanks invites you to join us for an engaging discussion on the future of U.S.-Africa relations under the Biden administration.

Experts from the Center for Democracy and Development (CDD) in Nigeria, the Institute for Global Dialogue, and the African Center for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) at Wits University in South Africa will share recommendations and counsel against replicating past U.S. policy mistakes. This event presents an opportunity to understand—from an African perspective—what expectations Africans have for the new U.S. administration. Panelists will recommend priorities for short- and long-term U.S. engagement, identifying key critical policy priorities and specific challenges in West, East, and southern Africa.

CCA is delighted to host Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and Dr. Albert Zeufack, Chief Economist for Africa, World Bank Group who will offer their expert views on Africa's economic outlook in 2021 with a focus on key trade, investment, and business trends and challenges as countries implement post-COVID-19 economic recovery strategies.

The African Development Bank Group will hold a two-day virtual consultation with Nigerian stakeholders to discuss its proposed 2021-2025 Private Sector Development Strategy (PSDS).

The consultations target key stakeholders in the public and private sectors, development partners and private sector investors. The objective is to incorporate these groups’ perspectives into the design of the PSDS and ensure consistency with Regional Member Countries’ (RMCs) development and strategic priorities.

The PSDS will support private sector-led growth, poverty eradication, socio-economic inclusion, foster job creation, and build resilience and long-term sustainability in RMCs.

The outcome of the discussions will enrich and inform the Private Sector Development Strategy and strategically position the Bank to effectively provide support to RMCs by leveraging its comparative advantage and optimizing partnerships.

La récession économique mondiale provoquée par le COVID-19 frappe durement les pays africains. En 2020, 41 économies africaines ont connu une baisse de leur produit intérieur brut (PIB). Le moment est venu de prendre des mesures audacieuses et coordonnées.

Au-delà de la diversité des situations nationales, cette crise a indéniablement pointé deux obstacles majeurs auxquels les stratégies post-COVID doivent s'attaquer pour enclencher en Afrique un nouveau cycle de croissance durable : la dépendance à l’égard des marchés extérieurs et l'incapacité des secteurs économiques formels à créer suffisamment d'emplois de qualité.

La Zone de libre-échange continentale africaine (ZLECAf), tout juste entrée en vigueur, est l’occasion d’accélérer la transformation productive, de créer des chaînes de valeur régionales et de stimuler l'intégration continentale. Sa mise en œuvre effective dépend toutefois de la capacité des économies africaines à dégager les marges de manœuvre budgétaires suffisantes et à stimuler les investissements privés dans des infrastructures de qualité et des projets durables.

A business blueprint for the new normal

The 2021 Responsible Business LIVE conference comes at a time when the private sector is at its most critical juncture and has a leading role to play in facilitating a resilient and sustainable recovery in 2021 that considers purpose as well as profit. 

This two-day conference is part of our virtual LIVE series which connects international audiences and enables participants to engage in high-level panel discussions. Designed to provide a highly engaging online experience, key features include 1:1 networking, polling, Q&A with expert speakers and a live analysis of the results.

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.