The European Business Council for Africa

Clear Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) targets and measurements have become an increasingly important part of fundraising as investors seek to align their portfolios with sustainable growth. For a continent boasting ample natural resources, this presents a significant opportunity for Africa’s green energy sector. However, renewable does not always equal sustainable and developing and articulating ESG metrics can pose a significant challenge to projects as they prepare investment rounds. In this webinar, Invest Africa and DLA Piper will discuss ESG best practice in African renewable energy as part of our initiative to drive global investors towards critical projects across the continent.

More info and registration here.

Animé par Pierre-Samuel Guedj, président de la commission RSE-ODD du CIAN, cet événement rassemblera 3 intervenants qui se pencheront sur les enjeux de l’intégration de la RSE dans l’OHADA. Plusieurs question se posent. Quels sont les enjeux prioritaires ? Quelle utilité pour la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable ? Quelle utilité pour encourager et favoriser le développement économique des pays d’Afrique et entre l’Afrique et l’Europe ? Quels retours d’expériences propres à nourrir la démarche ?

Intervenants :

  • Mme Cynthia Gnassingbe-Essonam, Secrétaire générale de TOGO INVEST
  • M. le Pr Emmanuel Sidibi Darankoum, Secrétaire permanent de l’OHADA
  • Mme Muriel Voisin, Directrice Responsabilité Sociétale du GROUPE COLAS

More info and registration here.

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.