The European Business Council for Africa

Sudan is currently a country in transition. In 2019, a popular uprising created the momentum for significant political and economic changes, but there remain daunting challenges on the road to democracy and prosperity.

Attracting investment in sectors that can be part of sustainable global supply chains of materials and minerals essential for the country’s economic transformation requires a stable and predictable investment climate, and a vibrant civil society protected by democratic institutions.

More than ever, there is the need for meaningful dialogue between civil society, Sudanese businesses, and international investment communities.

The importance of creating such a multi-stakeholder dialogue during Sudan’s political transition is fundamental for the protection of human rights and the establishment of ethical governance practices.

  • Nigeria’s ICT sector is booming; the sector has grown significantly in the past decade and contributes almost 10 percent to Nigeria’s GDP. The country has become the most popular destination of active tech hubs on the continent, and has the largest number of internet users. The growth of the tech sector has gone hand in hand with the development of a strong technical talent community; with companies like Google, Microsoft and  Andela offering training  that focus both on soft and hard technical skills.

    For many Dutch companies that are struggling to find qualified tech talent, Africa, and Nigeria in particular, has often been a blind spot and not yet explored in terms of human capital. With the wide adoption of remote-work and digital technologies across the whole Dutch economy, recruiting additional digital talent from new talent pools, like Nigeria, could be an essential step to alleviate skill gaps and a powerful tool to accelerate COVID-19 recovery.

NABA members are welcome to a virtual meeting to discuss how we can work together to stop fraud and corruption. We will share best practices, experiences and discuss solutions from different perspectives. You will get an update on the current rules and regulations, learn how to establish a good anti-corruption culture and how to carry a corporate investigation when not much is available in the public domain.

South Africa plans to have vaccinated 67% of the population by year-end which should bring the country “herd immunity”. Vaccinations are not compulsory but vaccinated populations limit risk, which would be good news for battle-weary Corporate SA. Vaccines undergo rigorous trials to ensure they are safe and effective. All vaccines go through a comprehensive approval process by medical regulators to ensure that they are safe. Pharmaceutical companies hand over all laboratory studies and safety trials to validate that the vaccine does work. The funding for the vaccines are two-fold, for insured citizens, the cost will be derived from their medical schemes and administered for free at the point of service. Uninsured individuals will be funded by Government and the vaccination will be free. Anecdotal evidence suggests some companies are experiencing push-back in getting staff to return to physical workspaces. What will the implications of being vaccinated be for the workplace and remote working. Several factors will determine the impact of vaccines on the COVID-19 pandemic. These factors include the effectiveness of the vaccines; how quickly they are approved, manufactured, and delivered; and how many individuals are vaccinated. The vaccines are likely to prevent large outbreaks once two thirds of the population (approximately 40million people) are immune which will take many months to achieve.

Africa faces the largest burden of endemic diseases in the world. With only 11% of the global population, the Continent accounts for 49% of maternal deaths, 50% under 5 deaths and 67% of HIV/AIDS cases. The need to finance Africa’s healthcare systems was pressing well before Covid-19 took hold. Africa’s response to the pandemic has shown the power of collective action, leveraging the region’s health institutions as well as a collaborative cross-border approach from public and private players alike.

In this webinar we’ll be discussing how multilaterals can support scaled investment into African tech, the role that the private sector has to play in financing and delivering services and the potential of continental platforms following the Covax model to lower both costs and prices. 

in cooperation with the Business Association for Latin America and the German Asia-Pacific Business Association

At the beginning of 2021, the German government agreed on the introduction of a new law for human rights due diligence in supply chains (Sorgfaltspflichtengesetz). What changes should German companies expect regarding their procurement and production structures? How will this impact partner countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America? How will the forthcoming European regulation on mandatory due diligence be structured?

The African continent is regarded as the last major growth market for mobility solutions, thanks to a growing middle class. German car makers and suppliers are already active in the North and in South Africa – and even transformed their production to meet healthcare demands in times of the pandemic. Both this flexibility and the current debate on nearshoring of supply and value chains show: More African markets need to play a more prominent role in global value chains. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy can support the necessary development with tailormade instruments. 

In the framework of the Foreign Trade Days of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi), Afrika-Verein invites you to this digital expert discussion with inputs on current tendencies to diversify supply chains and nearshore production, with the automotive industry in Africa as an example.

The East African Community Business & Investment Forum (EAC-BIF) is a key annual business event with an aim of promoting business flow, trade and investments between Sweden and East Africa. The EAC-BIF is organised by the Embassies from the East African Community (EAC) accredited to the Kingdom of Sweden in partnership with the Swedish-East African Chamber of Commerce (SWEACC) and others. Since 2012, the EAC-BIF aims to promote business flow, trade and investments between Sweden, other Nordic countries, and the East African Community. The successive forums give opportunities for Business to Business (B2B), Government to Government (G2G) and Government to Business (G2B) meetings to develop new, meaningful, and sustainable technological exchange, trade, and investment partnerships between business communities in Sweden other Nordic countries and the EAC region.

The Business Forum continues to generate forward-looking insights to the quest for new pathways and engines for global growth and transformation. The EAC-BIF 2021 was scheduled to be arranged in Stockholm.Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic and travel restriction along with social distancing recommendations the EAC-BIF 2021 will be held as a digital event on an inclusive digital platform that will create a dynamic event for participants, speakers, and panels.

In countries around the globe, climate change has come back to the political agendas.  ‘Building back better’ is a widely-used phrase. But how is that in Africa? Join us on the 25th of March to learn about the future of renewables in Africa.

In countries around the globe, climate change has come back to the political agendas. The US re-joined the Paris agreement while here in the Netherlands more and more parties are calling for a greener future – saying the COVID-19 pandemic was seen as a game changer. ‘Building back better’ is a widely-used phrase. But how is that in Africa? Initially, the low prices of diesel had the opposite effect: renewables became less affordable as compared to diesel-generated power. What does the future look like?