The European Business Council for Africa

 

On January 26th it took place the Infopoint hybrid conference: Advancing Africa- Europe digital cooperation through knowledge sharing. Hans Stausboll, the Acting Director for Africa, DG INTPA, started by giving a welcoming speech and briefly introducing the D4D access project. He stated that throughout the Covid19 pandemic, we learned that digital transformation has accelerated in many spheres and therefore there is a need to start adapting to the new reality. He mentioned that human-centric digital transformation is one of the objectives of the Global Gateway strategy and it has become one of their key goals for the AU-EU partnership. He specified that the D4D Access platform focus on 4 interlink priorities areas of that collectivity, skills, governance, and entrepreneurship. He also added that the platform currently has 70 different knowledge from more than 20 different organizations. 

7 FÉVRIER 2023
HÔTEL INTERCONTINENTAL PARIS LE GRAND, FRANCE

La 6ème édition de l'Africa Investments Forum & Awards, organisée par le groupe Leaders League - Décideurs Magazine, aura lieu le 7 février 2023 prochain dans un nouveau lieu : l'hôtel InterContinental Paris Le Grand.

3 février 2023, 14h-17h
Centre de conférences Pierre Mendès France
Ministère de l'Économie, des Finances et de la Souveraineté industrielle et numérique
139 rue de Bercy
75012 Paris
Hybride

Cette conférence s'inscrit dans les activités de la Chaire de la Ferdi "Politiques de modernisation agricole en Afrique".

Elle vise à illustrer la question du financement des entreprises agricoles africaines au moment où les pouvoirs publics français, sous la pression des acteurs économiques, élaborent les contours d'un instrument / guichet adapté aux enjeux du secteur et aux besoins de ses opérateurs privés.

Les intervenants partageront leur témoignage et leur vécu et formuleront les pistes à explorer pour permettre à l’agriculture africaine de relever enfin le défi de la sécurité alimentaire dans un environnement économique viable, tout en améliorant les conditions de vie de ses acteurs et en préservant les ressources naturelles.

31 ene 2023 02:00 p. m.
1 feb 2023 02:00 p. m.
online

Join the OECD Private Finance for Sustainable Development Conference 2023 – “Time to step up Private Finance for the SDGs.” The annual event brings together stakeholders from the public and private sector of developed and developing countries alike to discuss new approaches in financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
When? 31 January 2023 and 1 February 2023 from 14h00-17h00 CET
Where? Virtually – please register via Zoom

30 January 2023 10:00 - 14:00
ECDPM Brussels office

On 30 January 2023, 1000 – 1400 CET, SNV, with the support of ECDPM, is organising an informal closed-door roundtable bringing together a selected number of European development agencies and financial institutions to share informal views in their personal capacity, under Chatham House rules. This meeting will aim to assess the merit of a collaborative framework to help i) de-risk investments; and ii) build a pipeline of bankable projects, focusing at this stage on climate adaptation finance.

This meeting will take place at the ECDPM Brussels office and is an invitation-based, closed-door event.

17 FEBRUARY 2023

College of Europe, Bruges campus , Belgium

Competition authorities and policy makers across Africa and Europe face the challenge of how to make markets work better for citizens, consumers and businesses, while ensuring fairer outcomes and market processes. The rise of the digital economy presents opportunities with new markets and business models but also ways of potentially harming competition and society more broadly. There is also increased momentum for competition authorities to prioritise market problems of wider social concern. Therefore competition enforcers need to work together, regionally and internationally, to keep up as the world changes and to help make the system work fairly and deliver the benefits of digital and trade liberalisation for consumers and businesses alike. A case in point is the forthcoming Competition Protocol of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), with its potential to deliver efficient and fairer markets across Africa. Regional and international partnerships can support these competition objectives and this Conference aims to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and good practices among officials and practitioners from the EU and Africa to address the challenges of an ever-changing world.

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InfoPoint and Webex Meetings

Presentation of the D4D Access platform

As digitalisation is systematically and rapidly becoming an important part of our economies and societies, the global demand for know-how, skills and experiences related to the topic is increasing.

D4D Access is a knowledge platform that centralises, promotes, and disseminates African and European good practices and lessons on Digital for Development (D4D). Covering a wide range of topics, from e-governance to digital entrepreneurship, D4D Access contains many useful resources to support digital stakeholders in Africa and Europe – public institutions, donors, academia, companies, and civil society organisations – to advance an inclusive and sustainable digital transformation.

25 January 2023 10:00 - 11:30

ECDPM Brussels office

On 25 January 2023, Jakkie Cilliers of ISS will present his book ‘The Future of Africa’. The book offers a critical introduction to human and economic development prospects in Africa revolving around three questions: where is Africa today, what explains the current state, and, given historical trends and what we know about the world, where do we think the continent will be in 2040? And, a final question: what can we do to create a better tomorrow?

The presentation will be followed by a discussion at the ECDPM Brussels office.

Tuesday 13th of December, 2022 from 13:00-14:45h (CET)

Online

The Embassy of Ghana in Brussels and the European Finnova Foundation are organizing an event on the subject “EU Funding: Finnova's Partnership with the Embassy of Ghana”, on 13th December 2022.

The objective of this informative webinar between both entities is to present European projects carried out by the Finnova Foundation to assess their adaptability in the context and reality of Africa. The funds and actions financed by the European Union will also be listed during the event. In addition, emphasis will be placed on projects eligible for financing under the AFRIMAC III programme.

The European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) with the support of the Regional Bureau Africa (RBA) of UNDP has undertaken practical analysis on the combined impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine on Africa and on the Africa-Europe partnership. This analysis served as an input in a major event that was organised in Brussels on November 30 and on December 1, 2022. Participants included, amongst others, key European and African policy makers, UN agencies and a range of civil society organisations such as leading think tanks and knowledge centres from both Africa and Europe.

EBCAM Chief Operating Officer, Petros Makris-Kourkoulos and Research Assistant, Anna Maria Totokotsi had the opportunity to attend in-person this insightful event and discuss with the participants about crucial issues. We were delighted to learn, among others, how hydrogen energy plans and efficient food supply value chains could become reality and what changes are necessary in African governance and in financial mechanisms in order support these plans. 

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