The European Business Council for Africa

Date: 10-12 March 2022

The European Commission (EC) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will host the Tenth African Fiscal Forum. The virtual forum will discuss wide-ranging fiscal reforms needed to preserve the sustainability of public finances and enhance the resilience of African economies in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how to address the policy constraints that countries are likely to face in the coming years.

The European Business Summits is happy to announce that the next edition of the Clean Energy Summit will be taking place on the 29th of March 2022.

Accomplishing a clean and just energy transition is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century, which aims to be at the forefront of innovation while protecting consumers and ensuring the markets' fairness.

Date: Tuesday 22 February 2022, 15:00 CET

In a partnership between Euractiv and the European Landozners' Association, this online conference will discuss the unintended impact of European sustainability standards on global food systems.

Food systems are directly related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is often an assumption that EU standards only affect European farmers, but the Green Deal architecture will have a significant human impact on rural activities around the globe. Latin America, Africa and India among others, will have to adapt and integrate this shift in the paradigm of sustainability within their own food systems. Therefore, new sustainability standards will most probably affect the EU-third countries trade relations.

The conference will explore how the EU Green Deal and its environmental standards will directly and indirectly affect the international food sector and livelihoods of farmers in vulnerable rural areas of export nations.

Date: Tuesday 15 February 2022, 15:00 - 16:00 CET

The European Council on Foreign Relations is hosting an event on making the most of the European Green Deal and the Global Gateway project. 

To what extent can the European Green Deal and Global Gateway be shaped to satisfy both European and African interests?

Date: Friday 11 February 2022, 14:00 - 15:30 CET

Join the Belgian Federal Council for Sustainable Development at their online event about the question of moving towards a new partnership between the African Union and the European Union.

On 17 and 18 February, the EU-AU Summit 2022 will take place. At this important conference, European and African leaders want to lay the foundations for a renewed partnership. Many strategic issues are on the agenda: the energy transition, migration, responses to the pandemic.

The FRDO-CFDD is organising an informative webinar on the stakes of this conference on Friday 11 February at 2 pm. Representatives of the AU, the EU, the Belgian government and experts will explain the importance of this conference. Afterwards, there will be room for reactions from FRDO-CFDD members and other webinar participants.

The webinar will be conducted in English.

Date: 18 March, 10:00-17:00 (CET)

The African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU) are co-hosting, online, the first Africa-Europe Digital for Development (D4D) Hub Multi-Stakeholder Forum with the aim of advancing the partnership between African and European digital actors.

The forum’s objective is to make sure that all African and European stakeholders (including private sector, governments, academia, and civil society) contribute to joint AU-EU efforts to build an inclusive digital economy and society that leaves no one behind.

It will also be an opportunity for the African Union Commission and the European Commission to give an update on the status of the implementation of digital initiatives and programmes.

Date: 3 February, 17:00-18:30 (CET)

Friends of Europe will be hosting an event focussing on vaccine inequity in the lead up to the AU-EU Summit.

This debate on Vaccine Access and Equity will touch upon not only the need for effective vaccine equity, only way to ensure a fully efficient fight against the current pandemic, but also the development of local vaccine manufacturing capacity in Africa, in order to ensure long-term security against further pandemics.

The European Commission and African Union Commission have opened registration for the 7TH EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF22) (Please register here). The Forum is centered on building stronger value chains for sustainable growth and decent jobs and will take place in Brussels physically on 16-17 February 2022 (subject to applicable COVID related restrictions) and online during the whole week of 14 February.

The European Business council for Africa (EBCAM) is a co-organiser and will lead four High-Level Panels representing the European private sector.

On Thursday the 9th of December, between 13h00 and 14h30 (CET), the European Investment Bank (EIB) invites you to join their hybrid Lunch Dialogue event on their recently published EIB Finance in Africa Report to discuss green, smart and inclusive private sector development.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the private sector in Africa, posing a threat to many firms, workers and their livelihoods. Like other regions in the world, Africa also faces the dual challenges of climate change and the digital transition. Africa has been at the forefront of the digital finance revolution, leading to many innovations in the digital sphere. In parallel, many African countries are pushing for a green transition of their economies.

The Finance in Africa report examines opportunities for Africa’s financial sector to support the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and contribute to green, smart and inclusive private sector development. It also reviews the role of the EIB in partnering with African financial institutions, supporting them in playing a key role in mitigating the impact of the pandemic and allowing firms to bounce back.

The fourth African Union (AU) – European Union (EU) agricultural ministerial conference will take place on 22 June 2021, co-hosted by the African Union Commission and the European Commission.

The conference, which is taking place under Portugal’s EU Council Presidency, follows previous conferences in 2016 (in Noordwijk, the Netherlands), 2017 and 2019 (both in Rome, Italy). The 2017 conference advanced a number of concrete deliverables that fed into the fifth AU-EU summit of November 2017 (held in in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire), while at the 2019 conference, AU and EU member states endorsed a Political Declaration and Action Agenda for the transformation of rural Africa.