The European Business Council for Africa

Date: 7 July 2022, 10:00 (CEST)

The issues presented in this webinar will tackle the changing scenario of the importance of African commodities from the end of the COVID-19 crisis until the current situation of Russia’s aggression on Ukraine.

On one side, we have the growing fear of increasing food prices, famines and food insecurity, and on the other hand the awareness of the importance of African local goods. Different case scenarios are being analysed in order to overcome this crisis, depending on short, medium or long-term goals in which the best-case scenario would be to avoid food dependency.

Another important topic is the role of European enterprises and their new opportunities from the economic point of view.

Date: 23 June 2022, 12:30-13:30 (CEST)

Online

The war in Ukraine has exacerbated a cost-of-living crisis and poses major threats to global food and nutrition security and country owned food systems. Marjeta Jager (DDG INTPA) and Gerda Verburg (UN ASG and Scaling Up Nutrition Movement coordinator) will address the challenges and opportunities of high food prices and make the case for an integrated approach necessary to reverse negative implications on dietary intake and thereby nutritional status.

Date: 24 June 2022, 11:00-12:30 (CEST)

Online

EU support to multilateral environmental agreements

One of the tangible expressions of science-policy interface at work are the multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). They offer the best hope for multilateralism to deliver. But how do they deliver? What does the EC do to support these MEAs? What key lessons does such work offer for better environmental management and governance? How does this promote South-South Cooperation? Come and find some answers from the ACP MEAs 3 programme that the Commission is currently supporting.

Date: 21-24 June 2022

Brussels

The Africa Energy Forum 2022 will be held 21 - 24 June in Brussels under the theme ‘Africa for Africa: Building Energy for the Just Transition’, before starting our journey to Nairobi, Kenya, where we will host our 25th Africa Energy Forum. Once again we unite governments, utilities and regulators with development finance institutions, commercial banks, power developers, technology providers, EPCs and professional services.

Over the last 23 years the Forum has earnt a reputation as the most meaningful gathering of decision-makers in African energy to form partnerships, identify opportunities and move the industry forward. We hand-pick the most credible organisations in the sector, delivering an intensive networking experience like no other.

Date: 16 June 2022, 11:30-13:00 (CEST)

Between 2014 and 2020, the EU committed more than 450 million EUR to development cooperation programmes in the field of sustainable fisheries and aquaculture. This InfoPoint will present the results of fisheries and aquaculture projects around the world and will discuss the lessons learned to help shape the future of blue cooperation.

Date: 2 June 2022, 11:15-12:45 (CEST)

Online

How is the World Bank and the EC integrate fighting poverty and inequalities in their operations?

As the World Bank's Human Rights, Inclusion and Empowerment trust fund is visiting Brussels, we take the opportunity to have a discussion on how the WB and the European Commission integrate Human Rights, inclusion and inequalities in their operations in order to alleviate poverty and leave no-one behind.

Date: 7 June 2022, 15:00-16:30 (CEST)

Online

Progress Report 2018 - 2020

The European Commission has launched the Investing in Sustainable Development Report at the Financing for Development Forum 2022. The report documents how the EU, its Member States and European development financial institutions have been supporting partner countries in financing their sustainable development priorities.

Financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement objectives requires massive public and private investment to make them a reality for all people, everywhere. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic socio-economic impact on all countries, exacerbating financing needs and decreasing the level of resources available. It is necessary to unlock the full potential of all financial flows – private and public, domestic and international.

Date: 18 May - 26 June 2022

In May and June, a virtual marketplace and a series of online matchmaking events offer African and European organisations an opportunity to strengthen old and forge new ties with the pharma, biotech, medtech and life-science industries across the two continents.

Enhancing Africa-EU cooperation across the pharma, biotech and medtech value chains
There is huge potential for collaboration between African and European companies across all industrial ecosystems. In light of the pandemic, one of the most urgent ones is the healthcare industry, as highlighted at the 7th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) 2022.

Date: 19 May 2022, 14:00-15:30 (CET)

Online

Needs of rural women are largely underserved by financial service providers. CGAP and innovative financial and non-financial service providers from Africa explore opportunities to expand opportunities and resilience among rural women, as well as the food and financial systems around them.

Financial inclusion is a pathway to better livelihoods. DG INTPA is a member of CGAP, an inclusive finance think tank and donor consortium promoting access to finance across the world especially for the most underserved people, often women.

In this session CGAP will share insights from its research together with partners Wi-Agri and MyAgri, financial and non-financial service providers active in Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal,. CGAP, Wi-Agri and MyAgri will share their experiences, challenges, and successes on working with women in rural and agricultural livelihoods (WIRAL) to increase their incomes and resilience, where agricultural development, digital technology, financial services, and gender intersect.

Date: 16 May 2022, 12:30-14:00 (CET)

Online

Notwithstanding aspirational global frameworks and policy reforms at national levels with regards global investment, in general and in agriculture and land in particular, an essential question remains: how have these significant legal improvements impacted on the practices on the ground? On one hand, this Infopoint conference endeavors to contribute to answering this question by presenting track records of agricultural and land investments with regards the implementation (or the lack thereof) of the VGGTS/RAIs/and other global frameworks, using Land Matrix data. On the other hand, it will discuss these results in the framework of the EU’s new rules for companies to respect human rights and environment in global value chains.

The objective of this Infopoint is to mobilise for more responsible and inclusive investment. This Infopoint conference, organised by the Land Matrix (a EU funded project, tracking large-scale land investments worldwide) will be structured around the release of its latest report focussing on evolution, impacts and VGGT implementation in the framework of large-scale land acquisitions (ref report: little progress in practice. Transparency, inclusiveness and sustainability in global (land) investment in Africa (see www.landmatrix.org). The presentation of these results will be complemented by a presentation of the International Federation for Human Rights, discussing the above results in the framework of the EU’s new rules for companies to respect human rights and environment in global value chains.