The European Business Council for Africa

The long-term trend toward rising inequalities or persistently high levels of inequalities in many countries raises major challenges for economic growth, social cohesion and financial stability. Added to this, the short and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic increase the challenge and urgency for policy makers to respond with policies that can counter the trend and ease the shock, especially for developing countries.

This virtual Infopoint Conference will discuss, on the basis of a recent paper by Juergen Zattler, the driving forces of growing inequalities, and their economic, political and social implications, with a special focus on developing countries. It will also discuss how policymakers can fight these trends, and in particular the role that development cooperation policy can play. Click here to read the paper by Juergen Zattler.

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Ce séminaire est un événement en ligne organisé par le programme ARCHIPELAGO et VET Toolbox . L’hébergement du séminaire sur la plateforme Zoom est assurée par EUROCHAMBRES, partenaire au sein du consortium du programme ARCHIPELAGO. En vous inscrivant à cet événement, vous consentez à ce que vos données personnelles, comme indiqué dans le formulaire d'inscription, soient collectées, traitées et stockées conformément à la législation applicable et à la politique de confidentialité. Vous autorisez également l'organisateur à transférer les données vers l'Union européenne en cas d'activités cofinancées.

EU Industry Days is Europe's flagship annual event on industry. It serves as the main platform to discuss industrial challenges and co-develop opportunities and policy responses in an inclusive dialogue with a wide range of partners.

It also helps to ensure that our policy at European, national, regional and local levels works together to enable European industry to deliver jobs, growth, and innovation in Europe.

The next edition will take place in the week of 23-26 February 2021. It happens in a very special moment, when our industry is embarking upon green and digital transformation, opening up new opportunities for EU businesses and citizens.

Local events are taking place across the EU and beyond as part of EU Industry Week 2021until the end of March 2021.

Workshops, seminars, open door sessions and business presentations will demonstrate how European industrial ecosystems are

  • shaping Europe's digital future
  • making Europe’s industry climate-neutral by 2050
  • EU competitiveness in the changing global competitive landscape

Accès au financement pour les TPME de la région du Sahel et Lac Tchad

Séminaire en ligne le 15 February 2021 de 15h à 17h30.

Objectif du séminaire: ARCHIPELAGO & son réseau de structures d´accompagnement des entreprises (chambres, patronats, associations sectorielles)


Access to finance for MSMEs in the Sahel and Chad Lake region 

Objective of the workshop: ARCHIPELAGO network of business support organizations (chambers, employers' organizations, sector associations)

Introducing the EU-CONNEX Partnership

The CONNEX Initiative ( provides support to governments of developing countries in complex resource contract negotiations. This allows for informed decisions, better deals and long-lasting partnerships with the investor.

The resource sector offers great potential for economic development. Resource contracts are a crucial factor to assure that benefits can be realised. In many cases though, capacity and experiences asymmetries result in unfair deals with disadvantages for the host country,

Upon demand, the CONNEX initially successfully offers multi-disciplinary, high-quality and ad hoc support to our partner countries all over the globe. Providing for negotiations on a level playing field, it can support Governments to maximise the developmental impact of its resource abundance. 

The European Union just joined CONNEX as a strong partner. This engagement directly feeds into our efforts to boost investment in partner countries and the work for a more transparent and sustainable resource sector.

As Africa and Europe seek to re-set their partnership, Friends of Europe is engaging with our partners across both continents to understand the long-term vision and the converging and diverging priorities at the heart of this new cooperation.

Africa and Europe have a shared interest and much to gain from one another in accelerating the progress of the global agenda for sustainable development and peace, whilst working together to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through its “Debating Africa-EU” series, Friends of Europe is focused on engaging its partners and the new EU College of Commissioners around their vision and priorities for EU-Africa cooperation. In response to the Joint Communication Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa, this series serves as a consultative exercise for key stakeholders and partners from both continents to voice their perspectives on the future of the relationship. Following the first six in the series, the seventh ‘In Conversation With’ takes place on the 20th of January 2021 with Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management; Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative and Vice-President for A Stronger Europe in the World; and H.E. Amb. Abdoulaye Diop, Chief of Staff of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. The strategic focus of the discussion will be on “A Stronger Alliance: Enhancing Resilience, Peace, and Security in the Africa-EU Partnership”.

Public development banks around the world can play a vital role in minimising economic decline, supporting recovery and financing structural transformation. To fulfil this role, they need to fully capture the interconnected and transversal nature of the 2030 Agenda and align their practices, operations and investments accordingly. It is not just a matter of marginally adjusting strategies and processes – public development banks need to deeply reshape behaviours and investment practices.A study carried out by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (Iddri), points to examples of successful approaches –from PDBs of different sizes and geographies– and, above all, shows that these financial institutions can be, under certain conditions, gateways to transformative SDG financing that promotes equitable and sustainable growth.The bottom line is that public development banks need to work harder to achieve a complete, comprehensive and systemic integration of the SDGs, permeating all of their activities. The above, hand in hand with their ability to work side-by-side with other stakeholders and private financial actors - through strategic partnerships, blended finance or other financial mechanisms like guarantees or green / SDG bonds.This event is co-organised in collaboration with the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG), which is a network of European independent think tanks working on EU international cooperation for global sustainable development.The baseline for discussion will be the study published by IDDRI “Scaling up public development banks’ transformative alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.  As European Think Tanks we want to encourage discussions around the importance of aligning both policies and finance with the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs to chart a course towards inclusive, equitable and low carbon development.Therefore, the central objective of this panel is to facilitate an interactive dialogue where researchers and practitioners: 1) share their experience and expert knowledge on how public development banks are transforming their practices to align with the 2030 Agenda; 2) discuss how this alignment efforts could better link short-term needs -exacerbated by the current crisis- with long-term objectives; and 3) building on the experience on climate alignment, which are the concrete challenges that PDBs face to undertake SDG alignment in practice. 

EABF 2007 (Accra)       - Press Release

EABF 2009 (Nairobi)     - Press Release - Business Declaration

EABF 2010 (Tripoli)       - Business Declaration

EABF 2014 (Brussels)   - Business Declaration

EABF 2017 (Abidjan)     - Business Declaration

Under the initiative, participating companies worked to expand opportunities for women by making measurable, time-bound commitments specific to each company’s goals. They also participated in knowledge-exchange sessions on implementing gender innovations and contributed to thought leadership on how the digital economy can increase women’s access to jobs and assets—inspiring more companies to undertake efforts to correct the gender imbalance in the digital sector.

Through a series of case studies that draw on company commitments and other data from Digital2Equal members, the initiative highlights four approaches to building inclusive platforms for women: creating inclusive employment; collecting sex-disaggregated data; designing gender-inclusive products and services; and supporting communities and building ecosystems. The Digital2Equal case studies showcase a portion of the wide range of activities undertaken during the initiative—as well as newly developed programs to support COVID-19 responses and recovery.

Over the course of the initiative, Digital2Equal members worked to expand opportunities for women in the platform economy and looked into issues such as gender income gap and labour force segregation. This session shares examples from three Digital2Equal members based in Africa that show how companies can leverage disaggregated data to better understand their user bases, design better services for everyone, and to use data to inform delivery of impactful community initiatives.

In recent years, climate change has led to a decrease in the duration and frequency of the rainy season, causing severe changes in weather patterns (droughts, floods, etc.). These changes are having an increasingly destructive impact on the most vulnerable populations, sometimes leading to violent conflicts between communities whose livelihood depends on livestock and natural resources and their only short-term solution is to migrate in search of more fertile lands. 

The discussion will focus on the impacts of climate change on food security and livelihoods as well as the possible opportunities to overcome such challenges while building peace in Northern Kenya and other regions.