The European Business Council for Africa

There is a growing consensus that public finances won't be enough to help least developed countries (LDCs) recover from COVID-19.

Join investors, business and government leaders in this digital event to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted finance and investment for trade in LDCs and what strategies can help LDCs access new sources of finance and investment for trade. Register below and we also encourage you to join our online conversation on Twitter by tagging @EIF4LDCs.

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SSCG Africa Agribusiness Summit 2021 will take place online on Thursday 28 January 2021. The theme is Accelerating African agro industry growth, productivity and value chain development; Tackling food waste and security challenges.

The half day-long summit will bring together stakeholders from governments, investors, business, academia and multilateral institutions to take stock of the agriculture and agro sectors in Africa and identify opportunities to enhance growth, efficiency, productivity and sustainability across agricultural value chains in support of smallholder farmers, agricultural products processing and boost food security. The summit will feature panel discussions, transformation talks and presentations on a myriad of topics and opportunities. Its aim is threefold: to highlight innovative solutions for growth, discuss areas for further investment and qualifiers for investment, and create an avenue for collaboration between the UK and African private and public sectors. 

BOLSTERING AFRICA’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19: HOW CAN JOINT AFRICAN AND INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS DEFEAT THE PANDEMIC AND ITS SIDE EFFECTS?

On 15 April 2020, 18 world leaders called for an urgent debt moratorium and unprecedented health and economic aid package to help the African continent withstand the multiple shocks caused by Covid-19. The call made it clear that “only a global victory that fully includes Africa can bring this pandemic to an end”. The initiative urged for action in four sectors: support to African health systems, research, humanitarian aid, and economy. Seven months later, has the common call for action really made a difference? What could be done now to improve the situation in a tangible way?

AFRICA: TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Speakers will present and explain the financing solutions to challenges faced by the private sector in Africa, especially SMEs, in the current crisis context. Panellists will present and discuss roadmaps and concrete actions taken by Public Development Banks, European DFIs, private banks and financial institutions in delivering efficient and accurate financing solutions. They will exchange on their respective and collective role in supporting the viability of existing companies impacted by the pandemic, in a responsible and sustainable way.

Speakers:
Dr Stefan Cibian, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
Faten Aggad, Senior Advisor to the African Union High Representative on AU-EU Negotiations
Bernard Quintin, Deputy Managing Director for Africa, European External Action Service
[Additional speakers to be confirmed]

In the framework of MedaWeek Barcelona 2020, we will hold the New Africa Business Development Forum: “Africa’s way into the post-Covid-19 future”.

The Coronavirus pandemic has strained the socio-economic tissue of Africa.  In early 2020, prior to the health and economic crisis, the African continent was considered among the fastest growing regions in the world, a new frontier for international investments. African countries and transnational institutions now face the challenge to maintain this trend in the aftermath of the current downturn.

The African continent is vast and ever-diverse, and no single simple narrative could portray its complexity. High inequality, poverty, political instability, and violent conflicts undermine the security and well-being of millions of people. Cooperation and economic integration may be positive first steps towards regional development. An attentive and precautionary removal of trade barriers could boost economic relationships while encouraging constructive interaction and transnational infrastructure projects.

The New Africa Business Development Forum aims to provide a platform for experts, policy-makers, industry leaders, academics and investors, to explore new potential areas for financial assistance for key infrastructure players.

La Banque Africaine de Développement (BAfD) est l’une des banques où les entreprises françaises réussissent le mieux : en 2019, elles ont remporté 68 M $ d’appels d’offres pour des prestations de services, de biens et des marchés de travaux dans des secteurs comme l’énergie, les technologies de communication, l’eau et assainissement, les transports et infrastructures. 

Vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur les projets financés par les banques de développement en Afrique ? Participez aux ateliers virtuels le mardi 24 novembre à 8h30 et mercredi 25 novembre à 10h (heures françaises) !

Lors du premier atelier, découvrez comment mieux travailler avec le Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement, ses mécanismes de financement et les modalités d’accompagnement du secteur privé avec l’intervention du nouvel Administrateur pour la France auprès de la BAfD. Vous pourrez bénéficier de rendez-vous individuels avec des responsables sectoriels/chefs de projets.

The 12th edition of Africa PPP, Infrastructure Investment Partnerships Conference, is back in 2020 but this year will be online, on 1 - 2 of December 2020, under the theme: “Partnering on public infrastructure projects for sustainable development and economic growth”.

The entire world being hit by Covid-19, developing Infrastructure, now more than ever, is important. Africa PPP will help rebuild the economy by gathering both public and private sectors to develop partnerships in Electricity, Transport, Health, Water and ICT industries. 

Africa PPP is a unique event: To access information on new project opportunities; network with leading decision makers in the sector, from the comfort of your own home/office; hear from 50+ industry experts and key stakeholders during the 2-day event, and to hear presentation of defined bankable projects. 

Les ports Africains à l'ère des alliances

East meat west

Les ports On 9th and 10th November, Djibouti will be hosting the 2020 Africa Ports Forum. This hybrid event will be both physical and virtual, bringing together over 200 stakeholders from around the world. It is being organised by DPFZA, GHIH, TangerMed S.A., Proparco, SSATP and aims to serve as a platform for the development of African ports. The impact of the development of ports on the hinterland, best practice for improving competitivity, and digitalisation will be key themes of the event.

Since launching the registration for the AidEx 2020 webinar programme last week, we have seen over 500 members of our community sign up to attend. Across the 18th and 19th November we have 11 highly engaging sessions featuring over 45 speakers all focused on response, recovery and resilience following the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Brazil Africa Forum 2020 will gather virtually, on November 3rd and 4th, global leaders, government and private sector representatives, academics and potential investors to exchange experiences and discuss the current international scenario under the theme “Overcoming the Challenges of the Pandemic: What’s next?”.

Already established as the major event to connect decision-makers from Brazil and Africa, this year BAF reinforces its commitment in promoting major discussions, engaging leaders from multiple origins and sectors, cross-cutting key issues of the contemporary world.