The European Business Council for Africa

  The U.S.-AUC Business Forum on the AfCFTA will be held on December 8, 2020, on the margins of the December 5, 2020, African Union (AU) Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State and ahead of the January 2021 start of Phase I trade under AfCFTA.
  The Forum is intended to provide a platform for dialogue for U.S. and African public and private sector leaders on supporting African regional integration and U.S.-Africa commercial engagement through the AfCFTA.
Event Information
  • Session I is a high-level panel of U.S. and African public and private sector leaders. Session II covers technical issues related to Phase I trade.
  • Speakers: Albert Muchanga, AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry; Constance Hamilton, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa.
  • Speakers: Jessye Lapenn, U.S. Ambassador to the AU; Scott Eisner, President, U.S.-Africa Business Center; Florie Liser, President, Corporate Council on Africa.
  • Speakers: Camille Richardson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Middle East and Africa, International Trade Administration; and the AfCFTA Secretariat Staff.

This event will focus on technology transfer, knowledge exchange, investment opportunities and sustainable development between norwegian and african businesses. The aim is to create an enabling environment for technology seekers and technology providers to come together and do business.  

Agriculture remains a dominant sector of the economy contributing to a much extent in the East African gross domestic product. Food production is especially critical in Africa, where over 70% of the population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods. However, a fair share of challenges hit the sector including post-harvest losses, strained resources (land, labour, farm inputs, water), climate change, market access, pest and diseases, to mention a few. Technology could drive greater engagement in agriculture from women and young people and support employment opportunities along the agricultural value chain. Renewable energy is a key part of the infrastructure required to successfully roll out the much-needed disruptive technology.

The Ambassadorial Roundtable, a global organisation focused on connecting business leaders, investment capital, academia, cybersecurity, IT, and economic resources to international governments, is organising an interactive discussion panel on the Europe-Africa partnership focusing on development opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The panel discussion will develop various topics such as Covid Pandemic, Climate Change, Renewable Energies, Sustainable Development, Employment and Job Creation, Security and Conflict Resolution, Educational Cooperation.

On 8 December, 16:00-17:30 CET, ECDPM and ETTG are organising the workshop ‘Programming the NDICI in a post-COVID era’.  The main objective of the event is to take stock of the progress made with regard to the negotiations of the NDICI and outstanding issues to be solved, as well as to discuss key principles for the programming of the instrument for the period 2021-2027. We would like to use this as an opportunity to facilitate an open discussion between representatives of the EU institutions, think tanks and civil society organisations.

On Tuesday 15th December, ECDPM’s Sean Woolfrey will participate in the roundtable discussion on ‘The African Free Trade Area and the Role of External Partners’ during Potsdam Winter Dialogues 2020.

African and European experts from government, business, academia and civil society will join in the discussions at the two-day international conference, with a particular focus on the following:

• How can the African Continental Free Trade Area help to strengthen recovery and build more economic resilience in Africa?
• What can be done to create a coherent African continental trade regime that benefits as many countries and communities as possible?
• Which specific policy measures and regulatory strategies can avert negative impacts, e.g. on employment and food security, in lower-income countries?
• How can international partners, meaning the EU first and foremost, facilitate and support these efforts?

Join the discussion with our speakers from Enabel, the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), Veolia Africa and the EU Delegation Senegal sharing their best practice and reflections on water resources management on the African continent.
The webinar will take place in both English and French with running translation. 
For questions, please contact Lisa-Maria Nossek: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The WTO will host the first edition of the Trade for Peace Week from 30 November to 4 December 2020. Ten virtual panel sessions will explore the nexus between trade and peace, with the focus on fragile and conflict-affected countries in accession which want to use trade and economic integration to promote sustainable and inclusive peace.

In announcing the Trade for Peace Week, Deputy Director-General Alan Wolff noted: “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes international trade as an engine for inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction that contributes to the promotion of sustainable development. This in turn can facilitate building and maintaining peace. The connection between trade and peace is the raison d'être for the creation of the rules-based multilateral trading system that led to economic recovery and prosperity after the devastation from World War II.”  

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.

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Online conference starting with special opening event on 2-4 December2020. Closing activity of the 2020 Year of Leiden African Studies Assembly

In recent years, Africa’s universities, research institutions and other knowledge agencies have undergone tremendous change. Growing demand for scientific forms of knowledge and for higher education has pushed many of them to expand rapidly and to show a combination of daring initiatives and institutional, scientific, and educational creativity. New knowledge organizations have also been established, for example, with ties to religious groups or to the private sector. ‘Decolonizing the academy’ has become a strong call within and outside the continent. Eurocentrism is increasingly questioned, while calls for ‘looking East’ and ‘looking inside Africa’ are gaining momentum. 

About The Event


Africa has the world’s largest population of young people. By 2030, 20% of the global labour force and approximately 33% of the global youth labour force, are projected to come from Africa. Whereas about 12 million young Africans enter the labour market every year, only 3 million jobs are created in the formal sector. The informal sector provides 85.8% of the total African employment, which absorbs 95% of the youth. The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a hard blow on the African economy as it has done in other parts of the world. Reports show that this trend is set to worsen as in the first months of the crisis, the income of workers in Africa's informal sector dropped by 81%.