The European Business Council for Africa

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.

Date: 24 March 2022, 14:00-15:30 CET

SUPPORTING CIVIC ACTIVISM AND PARTICIPATION BY LEVERAGING DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

The session will present experiences that challenge disinformation by producing initiatives that help create resilience among citizens and empower the various actors impacted.

Disinformation on social media is one of the most important sources of disruption of the political discourse. It has been proven to affect elections results, trigger ethnic violence and discriminatory behaviour. This Infopoint Conference showcases two CSOs initiatives which tackle disinformation on social media. One is a succesful EU funded project - Exposing bot disinformation in Brazil. The second is a toolkit for monitoring disinformation and hate speech around elections, developped by Democracy Reporting International, with initial EU funding. The aim of the Conference is to provide good examples and lessons learned to EU staff interested in digitalisation, human rights and democracy. Secondly, the Conference will raise awareness and knowledge among EU colleagues on these topics.

Date: 24 March 2022, 08:00-18:00 CET

Online

The first-ever EU-Angola Business Forum will kick off a series of public-private dialogues around Angola´s reforms to support private sector investment and business links.

Besides the panels on 24 March, you can connect with business and government officials from 17 to 31 March organising bilateral meetings.