The European Business Council for Africa

The current crisis presents a unique opportunity to address the systemic problem of excessive debt burdens of developing countries, while also making sure that investment flows into achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Achieving that would require innovative solutions and multilateral cooperation. The G20-Paris Club Debt Service Suspension Initiative adopted in April 2020 provided immediate liquidity to 46 countries of over 5bn for health, economic and social spending in the face of the pandemic emergency. But suspending debt payments will not be enough for many countries facing unsustainable debt situations. These countries need rapid, fair and effective debt restructuring, while maintaining access to sustainable financial flows. The conference will present proposals for achieving such debt restructurings, considering the complex and dispersed creditor landscape and the weaknesses in the international sovereign debt architecture.

The spread of COVID-19 has shown the vulnerabilities of the EU’s food supply chains. These weaknesses have tremendous implications in terms of health, environmental protection and human development, while causing negative externalities in third and developing countries. In this context, in May 2020, the European Commission published its Farm to Fork Strategy, a very ambitious document that is at the heart of the European Green Deal and that aims to lead transition towards more sustainable food systems within and outside of the Union. On the one hand, the implementation of the Farm to Fork Strategy will be crucial to make the EU’s food systems more resilient, by reducing their environmental footprint while promoting more sustainable and healthy diets. On the other hand, since the EU is the biggest importer and exporter of agri-food products and the largest seafood market in the world, it is likely that the Strategy will produce significant impacts on third countries. Hence, making the EU’s agri food chain more sustainable and fairer is a key challenge and opportunity to drive for change both at the regional and global level.

The event will allow the audience to look at the Strategy through broader lenses and to grasp the spill-over effects that its implementation can generate at the external level, in line with the goals set in the UN Agenda 2030. […]

Alors que l’épidémie du Covid-19 continue à se propager, les projets du programme ARCHIPELAGO adaptent leurs activités et leurs modalités de mise en œuvre pour continuer à soutenir la création d'emplois, à la fois qualitatifs et durables, dans les pays des régions du Sahel et Lac Tchad.
La pandémie met tous les acteurs des écosystèmes des projets de partenariat face à l’urgence des changements à entreprendre pour renforcer la résilience de nos écosystèmes et répondre aux nouveaux défis. 
Certaines activités des projets ont été modifiées tandis que la mobilisation des réseaux de partenaires et la mise en place d’outils numériques permettent aujourd’hui une diffusion rapide et complète des informations et une mise en œuvre des activités des projets. 
À cette crise sanitaire s´ajoutent les contraintes de type sécuritaire auxquelles font face plusieurs pays de la région du Sahel et du Lac Tchad. 
Le séminaire en ligne du 22 octobre s´adresse à tous les partenaires des consortiums des projets des 1er et 2ème appels à propositions du programme ARCHIPELAGO. Cinq projets présenteront leurs expériences et pistes de solutions pour amorcer et faciliter l´échange de bonnes pratiques et promouvoir des synergies. […]

Le séminaire en ligne présentera les mécanismes de financement de formation professionnelle et d´apprentissage en Afrique de l'Ouest. Il permettra également un dialogue entre les acteurs privés et publics pour des propositions concrètes en vue d'améliorer l'accès et l'utilisation des financements des fonds nationaux. Un panel composé de patronats, chambres consulaires et fonds nationaux de formation et d´apprentissage amorcera le débat.

«L’Enseignement et la Formation Techniques et Professionnels (EFTP) et son financement en Afrique de l’Ouest» est un événement public en ligne organisé par le programme ARCHIPELAGO, le programme VET Toolbox, LuxDev et le réseau RAFPRO. L’hébergement du séminaire sur la plateforme Zoom est assurée par EUROCHAMBRES, partenaire au sein du consortium du programme ARCHIPELAGO.[…]

The ESDN Conference 2020 will take place on 12-13 October 2020 as a virtual event! The Conference was scheduled to take place in Berlin, Germany, but the current COVID-19 situation has made a physical presence at the Conference no longer possible. Therefore, the ESDN Conference 2020 will now be fully virtual and will no longer be a hybrid event.

The Conference is being organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The Conference will be a 2-day event of the German EU Council Presidency. The Conference will bring together sustainable development policymakers and experts from different stakeholder groups from all over Europe.[…]

This year, EBS is different 

This year is different; in light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, EBS has decided to make a few changes to our format. As scheduled, the European Business Summit will return to the Egmont Palace on the 16th and 17th of November 2020 as a hybrid event. This new event format will include a limited in-person portion of the event alongside live-streaming of keynote sessions and online engagement (+10,000 viewers over the 2 days of Summit). Since the number of in-person spots is limited, please ensure that you have registered online to guarantee your place. EBS is looking forward to welcoming you all to celebrate our 20th edition together in November. […]

The COVID-19 pandemic is propelling global health as a major priority of the EU’s development aid agenda. This webinar, which is the fourth and last of a series organised by DAI and ECDPM, showcases the importance of a coordinated public and private response. It will also present various health projects and their different reactions to the pandemic: from traditional awareness-raising campaigns to high-tech digital tools, the COVID-19 pandemic is forcing creativity and innovation. Panellists will reflect on how the emergency reaction, global creativity can help build stronger health systems, in partnership with governments, the private sector, communities, and regional professional networks.

As part of its ‘Debating Africa-EU’ series, Friends of Europe organised a debate on how to reset Africa-Europe relationswith European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen and Aya Chebbi, African Union Special Envoy on Youth.

Speakers: Joachim Schuster (MEP, Member of the Committee on International Trade), Ilan Strauss (Senior Research Associate, Industrial Development (SARChl), University of Johannesburg; Lecturer in Macroeconomics, Rice University), NN (European Commission)

In this webinar we would like to discuss how EU’s Communication “Towards a new strategy with Africa” needs to be adjusted to become a roadmap for a sustainable and equal partnership between both continents. The Corona crisis requires adjustments with regard to health care systems and public services in Africa. In addition, we would like to discuss what improvements are needed especially in the areas of trade, regional economic integration, and jobs to allow Africa a sustainable socio-economic development both after Covid-19 and in the long run.

Date: 18 June 2020
Time: 12.30-14.00

The Egmont Institute has the pleasure to invite you to an Africa Lunch Meeting Webinar on 18 June with Senior Research Fellow Cedric de Coning from the Peace, Conflict and Development Research Group at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). Drawing on extensive research on African peacekeeping, Dr. de Coning will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted peace operations on the continent. Thus far Africa, where the bulk of AU and UN peacekeepers are deployed, has been spared the brunt of the crisis, but this is likely to change in the medium term. In the short-term, activities have been reduced to the most critical, rotations have been frozen, and most staff are working remotely. Most of the missions have adapted remarkably well. However, even more changes are likely in the medium term when the global economic recession, that is expected to follow in the wake of the virus may force peace operations to drastically contract in size and scope.