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The German-African Energy Forum is the flagship event of economic cooperation between Germany and the African continent. For thirteen years, the conference has been hosting up to 500 participants, a yearly average of ten African government delegations and continues to be a popular destination for leading energy businesses from Germany, Europe and Africa. That is why we are pleased to announce the 14th German-African Energy Forum on June 1st and 2nd, 2021 within the German-African Energy Days from June 1st to 10th, 2021.


Prévu initialement le 18 mars, le rendez-vous annuel des dirigeants, cadres d’entreprises présents ou souhaitant investir en Afrique, aura lieu en deux temps en raison de la crise sanitaire. Une web conférence est programmée le 18 mars 2021 tandis que le forum en format présentiel aura lieu le 1er juillet 2021. 

Confrontée à un choc d’une ampleur inédite, l’Afrique a fait preuve d’une résilience insoupçonnée. La crise offre l’occasion de repenser la place des entreprises dans l’organisation économique du continent et d’inventer de nouvelles chaînes de valeur. Ces thèmes seront au cœur des débats du Forum Afrique du CIAN.

Depuis sept ans, notre Forum est devenu un temps fort, reconnu et attendu par la communauté des acteurs impliqués en Afrique. Alors que la crise sanitaire et économique se prolonge, nous ne voulons pas le reporter car c’est maintenant qu’il est indispensable. Nous avons plus que jamais besoin de réfléchir et d’échanger ensemble.

Powered by Untapped, The Nest is a monthly event series taking place both in-person and online, where startups and entrepreneurs in emerging markets pitch to angel investors around the world.

In this second edition of Invest Africa x Untapped Global’s The Nest, we’ll be featuring cryptocurrency. On March 18th, join us online and in Abidjan and Nairobi to watch two of Africa's leading Crypto startups pitch to a group of international angel investors for funding, feedback and global recognition.

Angels and entrepreneurs to be announced.

Register here and join us live on March 18th, 2021, and click on the ‘Add to Calendar’ dropdown to add this event to your calendar and get a reminder.

Despite grounded flights and shut borders throughout much of 2020, Africa’s hotel sector has continued to attract investor attention, bucking the overarching concern from the public and private sectors alike that Covid-19 would spell the end for Africa’s hotel industry. With African governments now pushing for greater intra-Africa trade in 2021 through the AfCFTA framework, hotel investors have taken a long-term view on the sector, and the benefits of intra-continental business travel for greater economic development are hard to ignore. 

Invest Africa is delighted to invite you to our deep dive into the future of financing for Africa’s hotel sector, to examine what strategies investors and financial institutions can implement to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and the consequential impact on Africa’s tourism and hospitality sectors.  

NABA members are welcome to a 30 minutes briefing conversation with Norway’s Ambassador in Nigeria, H.E. Knut Eiliv Lein.

Update on economy, politics, coronavirus-situation – with time for your questions.

Nordic companies are welcome to meet Executive Director Mr. Paal Bjørnestad (representing the Nordic countries) in the African Development Bank. We will get an update on African economies, and discuss how Nordic companies can partner with the bank.

Organisé en collaboration avec Women in Africa et Africa Mutandi, ce webinaire abordera le thème de la place des femmes dirigeantes dans les organisations en Afrique. Avec la participation de plusieurs personnalités féminines éminentes, nous nous pencherons sur leur parcours afin de répondre à plusieurs questions. Comment ont-elles fait ? Quelles ont été les clés de leur succès ? Comment changent-elles la donne dans le management du business en Afrique ? Quels sont les leviers pour accroître la place de femmes dans la gouvernance des entreprises en Afrique ?

Intervenantes :

Vanessa MOUNGAR, Directrice du département Genre, Femmes et Société civile de la Banque Africaine de Développement, membre du Conseil présidentiel pour l’Afrique

Yalis SANE, Directrice du Capital Humain et de la Communication du Groupe Cofina

Isabelle BEBEAR, Directrice des Affaires internationales du groupe Bpifrance

Amel CHADLI, Directrice Stratégie de Schneider Electric Africa

Awa DIASSE, Associate Meridiam Dakar, Sénégal

En s’appuyant sur l’exemple de l’acheminement des vaccins contre la COVID-19 en Afrique, nous vous proposons d’aborder le thème des défis de la logistique sur le continent :

  • Protocoles de Sûreté entre le client et l’équipe locale de Sureté du transporteur
  • Sécurisation des phases de transport terrestres, analyse des compétences et fiabilité des prestataires de sécurité privée
  • Implication des autorités locales compétentes
  • Protection des informations relatives aux opérations de transport contre la cybercriminalité

Intervenant :

Leon JANKOWSKI, Vice president, Regional Security & Operational Resilience Head for Middle East and Africa, DHL Global forwarding/Freight

Sub-Saharan Africa’s debt crisis had been building up since the 2008/2009 crash and accelerated following the 2014 oil shock to the point that, even before the Covid-19 pandemic, one third of countries in the region were either in or at risk of debt distress. With the added pressure of Covid-19, the International Monetary Fund now estimates that the region needs to find an additional $345 billion of funding through 2023. Though the G20 has extended the Debt Service Suspension Initiative through to June 2021, for many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa the support available falls far short of the needs. Already Zambia has defaulted while oil dependent nations sit in a precarious position and South Africa’s debt is in danger of hitting 10% of GDP. In this webinar, we will discuss how multilateral institutions can go further to meet their promise to support the world’s poorest economies and explore the role of private sector lenders and capital markets in supporting sustainable fiscal balance sheets.

The world’s maritime spaces define our economies and geographies; sea routes account for 90% of global trade and half of the world’s population lives less than 60km from the sea. With 38 of 54 African States on the coast, the Continent is an important strategic conduit for international trade. Alongside trade, Africa’s aquatic spaces present opportunities in fishing, aquaculture, energy, mineral resources and tourism.

Unlocking the potential of Africa’s blue economy while maintaining environmental stability forms an important part of the African Union’s Africa 2063 strategy but also presents a significant challenge. The blue economy includes a wide range of sectors, each with their own impact on coastal and marine environments. Sustainable investment and development of these resources calls for close collaboration between the private sector, governments and local communities. In this Invest Africa webinar, stakeholders will discuss how to build better frameworks for the sustainable development of Africa’s blue economy and highlight the opportunities that it presents.