The European Business Council for Africa

On the occasion of the 7th Global Aid for Trade Review at the WTO in Geneva, from 3 to 5 July 2019, the EU is pleased to launch its EU Aid for Trade Progress Report 2019 as a contribution to the Aid for Trade initiative and as an illustration of EU support to partner countries’ trade and productive capacities.

Overall, the EU Aid for Trade Progress Report 2019 reflects the increased prominence of Aid for Trade in the development policies of the EU and its Member States, and the prioritisation of a stronger coherence between their development, trade and investment instruments with a view to improve the economic, job creation and sustainability impacts.

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When Member States of the United Nations approved the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015, they agreed that the Sustainable Development Goals and Targets should be met for all nations and peoples and for all segments of society. Governments and stakeholders negotiating the 2030 Agenda backed the ambition of leaving no one behind, an ambition increasingly referred to in development policies, international agendas and civil society advocacy. How can we transform this ambition into reality? Policy makers, civil society and business are asking for more clarity on how to ensure that no one is left behind in practice. What does it mean for the design and delivery of economic, social and environmental policies? How should development co-operation policies, programming and accountability adapt? What should governments, development partners and the international community do differently to ensure that sustainable development goals benefit everyone and the furthest behind first?   The 2018 Development Co-operation Report: Joining Forces to Leave No One Behind addresses all of these questions and many more. Informed by the latest evidence on what it means to be left behind, it adopts a wide range of perspectives and draws lessons from policies, practices and partnerships that work. The report proposes a holistic and innovative framework to shape and guide development co-operation policies and tools that are fit for the purpose of leaving no one behind.

The DCR 2018 Highlights

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The Emerging Markets Network (EMnet) is the OECD Development Centre’s business platform for dialogue and analysis of policy challenges, economic trends and business strategies between high-level officials, top executives from multinational corporations  and OECD experts, focused on the emerging markets.

EMnet events are closed to the public and operate under Chatham House rule in order to trigger outspoken discussions, and share experiences on how companies and policy makers adapt their strategies to emerging markets issues.

EMnet connects the private sector to the OECD and offers access to the Organisation’s extensive expertise, analysis and data on sectors and geographies of interest to you. To learn more about the Network, we  invite you to attend our upcoming meetings on Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as our thematic Working Groups. We welcome the participation of new members and can tailor opportunities for collaboration to your organisational and strategic needs.

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OECD EMnet business meeting on Africa “Infrastructure and Regional Connectivity”

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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