The European Business Council for Africa

On 15 October 2018, the Council discussed and adopted conclusions on the Central African Republic.

In its conclusions, the Council underlines that the situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is still very fragile and that the EU remains engaged in support of the country. The EU emphasises the need to continue working, through its various instruments, to help the CAR get back on the road to stability, peace and development and to meet the aspirations of its entire population for lasting peace and reconciliation.

he EU reiterates its support for the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation under the auspices of the African Union and the leadership of President Touadéra to reach a peace and reconciliation agreement, to create the conditions for the complete disarmament of armed groups and to strengthen State authority, while preserving the unity and integrity of the CAR.

The EU also stresses the importance of inclusive involvement of all institutions and all actors of Central African society, including women, youth and civil society. The EU calls on all international actors, especially those engaged in the CAR, to support the action of the government and the African Initiative in a properly coordinated and fully transparent manner.

The Council also welcomes the commitment of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in CAR (MINUSCA), in particular to support the CAR authorities in carrying out the security sector reform process and to help them restore State authority.

The Council emphasises that the security situation, including hybrid threats, confirms the need to continue to strengthen the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), and welcomes the request by the CAR for additional assistance for the Internal Security Forces, notably by means of civilian engagement. Ministers invited the EEAS to establish and deploy as soon as possible a civil-military interoperability pillar within EUTM RCA, tasked with providing strategic advice in this area.

The EU remains concerned by the humanitarian situation in the CAR and emphasises the need for the international community to mobilise in response to the humanitarian emergency, and reiterates its own ongoing engagement through the Bêkou Trust Fund. The EU remains strongly committed to the CAR, with an envelope of EUR 487 million allocated for the period 2017-2020.

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Upon personal invitation of Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG DEVCO, I attended the above conference on the state of Africa-EU relations. The seminar was organised ahead of the next Africa-EU summit in November by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) together with the European Commission and the German Development Institute (DIE). It took place at the Academy of the KAS at the shore of Lake Como, Italy, from 23 to 25 of July.

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The First Community Meeting for the next EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT DAYS (EDD) 2018, which will be held on 5-6 June 2018, took place on the 24 January 2018. It aimed at bringing together relevant stakeholders interested in this annual event. Participants had been encouraged to take over initiatives for the programme submitting their proposals according to the outlined topic.

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This Mission Statement of EBCAM has been elaborated on the basis of discussions in the meetings of the
16th General Assembly in London and the comments received afterwards. It has been subsequently revised
and the most recent version is availabe below.

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The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) took place on 27 November 2017 in Abidjan. Organised backto-back with the 5th AU-EU Summit, the EABF brought together more than 1000 representatives from the African and European business and political leaders. Discussions revolved around how to stimulate more investment for jobs in Africa and to collaborate closely to support the continent in its efforts for economic development while making the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality for its people. The forum was the culmination of wider mobilisation in Europe and Africa that took place over the previous year, bringing together public and private sector constituencies.

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Factsheets AU-EU Summit on Agriculture&Fisheries, Investment&Jobs, Knowledge&Skills and Energy

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The Rise of an Emerging Diplomatic Actor? Assessing the Role of the EU Delegation to the African Union

The department of "EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies" of the College of Europe is pleased to announce that a new paper from the
"EU Diplomacy Papers Series" has been released.

Every three years the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) hold a Summit of Heads of States and Governments to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Africa-EU Partnership. The 5th African Union-EU Summit will take place on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan. On this occasion, this paper aims to analyse the interplay between the EU Delegation (EUDEL) and the permanent missions of the EU member states to the African Union in Addis Ababa...

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Report on EIB activities in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, and the overseas territories, 2014.

The EIB operations in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (the ACPs), and those in overseas countries and territories (the OCTs) are carried out under the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement (the “Cotonou Agreement”, 2000-2020), and the Overseas Association Decision, the legal framework for EU relations with these regions. Financing under these agreements is provided from the European Development Fund (EDF) – EU Member States’ budgets – and EIB own resources, which the Bank borrows on the international capital markets. For more information please see the links.

EIB Annual Report 2014

Report on results outside the EU 2014

Financial Statements 2014

Africa Forum 2017

Africa Stand Up. Vision 2025.

 

On 21 June, we held our 4th Africa Forum London event at the Merchant Taylors Hall in the heart of the City.

This year’s theme, Africa Stand Up – Vision 2025, was a chance for us to look at how Africa can positively respond to the current global uncertainties, and take advantage to position itself to rise. We had a genuinely exciting and varied menu of topics and speakers, from leading economists to trail-blazing artists and several hundred guests from a broad spectrum of African interests.

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The United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development.

The international Conference on Financing for Development (Monterrey, Mexico, 18-22 March 2002) signaled a turning point in the approach to development cooperation by the international community.

More than 50 Head of State and Government and over 200 Ministers of foreign affairs, trade, development and finance gathered in Monterrey. They were joined by the Heads of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund,  the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, business and civil socity leaders.

The Monterrey Consensus has become a reference point for international development cooperation. It embraces six areas of Financing for Development :

  • Mobilizing domestic financial resources for development.
  • Mobilizing international resources for development: foreign direct investment and other private flows
  • International Trade as an engine for development.
  • Increasing international financial and technical cooperation for development.
  • External Debt.
  • Addressing systemic issues: enhancing the coherence and consistency of the international monetary, financial and trading systems in support of development.

The Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus (Doha, Qatar, 28 November - 2 December 2008) allowed the adoption of The Doha Declaration on Financing for Development