The European Business Council for Africa

The goal of this series of online events  is to bring together different perspectives and insights on the expanding research and policy agenda on social cohesion. Social cohesion has been receiving increasing attention not only in policy circles but also in academic discussions in recent years. Political polarization, nationalist movements, and not least the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic have amplified the relevance of social cohesion. On the one hand, crises like these threaten the very cohesiveness of societies. On the other hand, an initial lack of social cohesion can also decisively increase the vulnerability of societies to such crises. Against this background, many governments, civil society and international organizations underline the importance of social cohesion. Still, many questions remain unanswered: What do we mean precisely when talking about social cohesion? How do we measure it? What drives social cohesion? What leverage does development cooperation have in this area? We invite you to discuss these and other pertinent questions with us during the Social Cohesion Week. 

During the third East African Banking & Microfinance Forum 2020, organised by the Eastern and Southern African Trade & Development Bank and the European Investment Bank, ECDPM’s San Bilal will moderate a session focused on how green and gender-based lending can help Africa recover after COVID-19.

The 3rd East African Banking & Microfinance Forum will take place virtually from 5 – 6 November 2020. This two-day conference will explore pertinent issues that are faced by the East and Southern African banking community in particular, but also by the global finance sector as a whole. With 150+ delegates and over 35 leading speakers, the 3rd East African Banking & Microfinance Forum provides a vital platform for all government stakeholders and private sector organisations to engage on the region’s growth strategy, trends and policy developments, post-pandemic recovery and the adoption of fintech and digitisation in the African banking sector. 

In March 2020, the European Commission and the High Representative presented a draft for “Comprehensive strategy with Africa”, deeming the continent a top priority for the EU. The document proposed a renewed Euro-African “political alliance” built around five pillars: green transition and access to energy; digital transformation; sustainable growth and employment; peace, security and governance; migration and mobility.

The New Strategy draft was meant to be discussed with Africans and to be finalized at a long-awaited European Union-African Union summit in October, which, however, had to be postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. This gives both sides time to reflect further on the actual shape of the new partnership.

How does the proposed partnership innovate the current frameworks of relations between the two continents? How does it relate to the interests and policies of individual European countries? Is the proposed EU strategy in line with African states’ own priorities? And what could be Africa’s possible responses? 

Galvanizing Partnerships for Promoting Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems in Africa in the Shadow of the Covid-19 Pandemic

This November, the African Union Commission (AUC) in partnership with Hallpax is hosting a virtual conference,Cultivate-Africa. This event will be discussing the newest challenges to agriculture that COVID-19 brings. With tracks from Government & Policy to Technology & Innovation, there will be an abundance of insightful information and presentations all throughout the two-day event. Registration is free and takes less than a minute. […] 

Please join Nebraska World Affairs Council (NEWAC) to welcome our speaker, Ms. Toyin Umesiri, CEO of Nazaru LLC and Founder of the Trade with Africa® Network. Ms. Umesiri spent over a decade in corporate America at Walmart and Whirlpool Corporations. She brings sector-specific market insights on trade with and investments in Africa.

In her presentation, Ms. Umesiri will argue that the countries of Africa can no longer be ignored because:

  • After the passing of the African Continent Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), the world’s largest trade bloc is in Africa.
  • The population on the continent of Africa is projected to double by 2050 from 1.1 billion people to about 2.2 billion.
  • Prior to COVID-19, Africa had 6 of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world, a burgeoning middle class, and a fast paced rate of urbanization.
  • 60% of the world’s remaining arable land is in Africa.
  • With a youth-bubble of 70% of the population under 35, Africa is positioned as the next global economic engine. […]

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Kenya Branch), will host this 4th International Conference on how Africa is evolving and strengthening its practice of ADR. With the COVID-19 Pandemic, it brings the thought-provoking questions on how Africa is prepared to continue to grow and explore the ADR space in the regional and internationally. The conference will bring together Practicing Arbitrators, and Institutions promoting and championing ADR.

We have lined up session topics includingArbitration and technology in Africa during and after COVID-19

• African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)impact on arbitral practice

• African states at ICSID: experiences and prospects

• Dispute resolution in FIDIC Contracts

• Regional courts and arbitration  

• 3rd party funding and investment arbitration

• Round Table discussion: Moving into the Future

Special sessions have also been lined up to engage in deeper discussions and Additional sessions to promote conversation among the young professionals and Launch event for Women in ADR.

Learn how Covid-19 is reshaping the healthcare investment landscape and how investment goals and strategies are being reshaped.

  • How Covid-19 is reshaping the healthcare investment landscape?
  • How have traditional private equity and strategic investors adjusted to the reality of Covid-19?
  • What are current trends around healthcare investing?
  • What are some of the opportunities that are emerging for PE in healthcare?
  • How to create value given the current disruption in the marketplace?

On Thursday 29 of October at 16:00 pm (CET) we will host the ETTG-OECD webinar event on multilateral development finance in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar will investigate the dynamics of the Multilateral Development Finance framework in the wake of COVID-19, making concrete recommendations on the most effective and impactful ways forward.

 The virtual WEBEX meeting will be in English and last 90 minutes, including Q&A.

The Africa Business Day is the indispensable annual platform in Switzerland for doing business in and with Africa. Africa Business Day is organized by the Swiss-African Business Circle under the patronage of the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO. It brings together around 250 participants including CEOs, members of the Board, business development managers, export managers and investors. During the event, African Embassies/Missions  present investment opportunities in their respective countries at country desks in the dedicated virtual exhibition area.

Theme: Emerging Business Models
The theme of AFRICA BUSINESS DAY 2020 is Emerging Business Models. Digitalization, an increasingly shared and collaborative global economy and rapidly changing customer behaviors are changing the nature of business models that define how companies create, distribute and capture value for stakeholders (shareholders, clients, partners etc.). What new and innovative business models are on the horizon? And how will multi-dimensional expectations from stakeholders beyond pure shareholder thinking influence and shape business models going forward? […]

 The UNCTAD secretariat has the honour to inform member States and other entities that, due to the physical restrictions in force at the Palais des Nations as a consequence of the continuing pandemic, the Multi-year Expert Meeting on Transport, Trade Logistics and Trade Facilitation, eighth session, will now be held virtually on 27–28 October 2020. The meeting sessions will be held each day from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 3–5 p.m. […]