The European Business Council for Africa

Many African countries have set out ambitious proposals for transitioning to a lower-carbon energy system, particularly through expansion of renewable energy.  Although energy technologies are readily available at competitive prices,  many large-scale renewable programmes across Africa – e.g. Desert Power, Renew Africa – are not generating sufficient access to power, and the speed of implementing such programmes remains low.

  • Is there sufficient clarity on the roadmap and policies required to power Africa?
  • Is there a cohesive view amongst energy stakeholders on the Africa Energy Transition strategy?
  • How can stakeholders consider the affordability gap for Africans – i.e. how do we finance Africa’s energy transition and roll out renewables?

The Africa Debate

Thursday 5th November 2020

10:00 – 19:00 CET


The Africa Debate is the flagship event of Invest Africa, the leading UK trade and investment platform for African markets. For the first time the forum will be taking place virtually, connecting the international trade and investment community with businesses across the Continent via an interactive online platform

Meet Norway's Ambassador in South Africa, Astrid Helle, in this briefing covering the latest on economy and politics from South Africa.  

 with time for your questions.

A l’initiative de Mémoires du Congo et en collaboration avec la CBL ACP et le CRAOM, vous êtes conviés à un Webinaire sur le thème de l’énergie en Afrique le 10/11/2020 à 16h(CET).  La prise de parole sera en langue française.

Intervenant : Dr. Ir. Georges Van Goethem

  • Ingénieur civil mécanicien (UCL 1974) et docteur en sciences appliquées (UCL 1979)
  • Membre de l’Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outremer (ARSOM – KAOW) –
  • Ancien Principal Scientific Officer à la Commission européenne, chargé de recherche (Ispra en Italie, Karlsruhe en Allemagne) et Euratom Program Manager (DG RTD à Bruxelles)

Cet exposé traitera des aspects technologiques et scientifiques du secteur énergétique qui sont essentiels dans toute stratégie de développement socio-économique, qu’il s’agisse de pays industriels ou émergents, en particulier en Afrique. On distingue traditionnellement cinq étapes dans la chaîne de valeur du secteur de l’énergie, depuis l’extraction des ressources naturelles jusqu’à l’utilisation finale dans les services exigés par toute société moderne.

The Federal Republic of Nigeria – home to Africa’s largest economy, the most influential & progressive businesses on the continent and probably one of the world’s most promising markets: 200 million citizens, 250 ethnicities, 96 million internet users, a film industry bigger than Hollywood and a 445 billion US Dollars GDP in 2019. 

The west African giant is one of the continent’s most controversial business destinations – but one thing is for sure: Germany and Nigeria are partners in the creation of sustainable economic growth. 

As partners the German-African Business Association together with the Delegation of German Industry & Commerce in Nigeria (AHK Nigeria), the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy as well as  the Nigerian German Chamber of Commerce (NGCC) cordially invite you to the 8th German-Nigerian Business Forum November 9th & 10th, 2020 10.00 am – 2.00 pmvia Zoom

Afrika-Verein (the German-African Business Association) and GHA – German Health Alliance are pleased to invite you to the 7th German-African Healthcare Forum – Virtual Edition on 28th October 2020 organized as a side conference to the World Health Summit which will be held from 25th to 27th October 2020 in Berlin.

The German-African Business Association (Afrika-Verein) together with the German Health Alliance (GHA) proudly present the high-level speakers:

  • Jens Spahn, MdB, Minister , Federal Ministry of Health, Germany
  • Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Dr Ahmed Ogwell, Deputy Director, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC)
  • Hon. Prof. Jean Louis Hanitrala Rakotovao, Minister of Public Health, Madagascar
  • Hon. Prof. Akin Abayomi, Lagos State Health Commissioner, Nigeria
  • Hon. Daniel Ngamije, Minister of Health, Rwanda
  • Hon. Prof. Dr Alpha Wurie, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Sierra Leone

In October 2020 Ivorians are due to go to the polls for presidential elections. The contest has a familiar feel, pitting incumbent President Alassane Ouattara against former President Henri Konan Bédié, who broke from the ruling Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour la Démocratie et la Paix (RHDP) coalition in August 2018.

The stakes are high for Côte d’Ivoire. Ouattara has overseen impressive economic growth since the end of the civil war in 2011 but faces increasing domestic opposition. Growth has not – so far – resulted in broad socio-economic improvements, and the poverty rate in the country continues to rise. The looming economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have brought these issues into even sharper focus. The election also comes in the context of significant domestic political tension. Ouattara has alienated several of his former coalition partners since taking power, and few outside of the RHDP accept his argument that a new constitution passed in 2016 gives him the right to run for a third presidential term. That Ouattara is facing off against Bédié – his rival in the 2010 election that ultimately resulted in the most intense bout of violence the country has seen – has increased fears of instability and violence around the poll. 

In the Netherlands, Niger is often seen as one of the more difficult countries for Dutch companies to do business. Still, there are inspiring stories of companies succeeding in the country. They have a successful business, while adding value locally. This webinar will zoom in on those inspiring stories to see what made the business successful and what others can learn from it. 
Speakers will also discuss the impacts of the current health and economic effects of COVID-19, as well as the security situation in the Sahel on doing business in Niger. What measures do the Nigerien government, local companies and foreign companies in Niger take to mitigate risks and continue business in insecure times?

Erick Maville, Directeur Général, Santé en Entreprise (SEE), Président de la Commission santé du CIAN, a le plaisir de vous inviter au prochain webinaire de la Commission santé du CIAN Mardi 6 octobre à 10h30 (Heure Paris) sur le thème "Innover pour lutter contre la tuberculose en contexte de COVID en Afrique."  

Intervenants :  

  • Linda Betroune, Global Marketing Director, QIAGEN ;   
  • François Jung, Manager Private sector engagement, FONDS MONDIAL ;                  
  •  Eric Fleutelot, Directeur technique Département Santé - Pôle grande pandémies, EXPERTISE FRANCE                   
  •  Isabelle Villadary, Head of Malaria and Tuberculosis - Global Health Programs, SANOFI                      

How Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Development Finance Institutions (DFI) can play a significant role in providing support to the South African private sector during and post COVID19 recovery to promote job creation, skills development, and a value-added economy.

Our distinguished speakers are Norwegian Ambassador to South Africa: H.E. Ms. Astrid Emilie Helle; Former South African Minister of Tourism and South African Presidential Investment Envoy: Mr Derek Hanekom; IOE Vice President to the ILO, Vice Chair of the ILO, IOE Chair of Business and Human Rights, Chair of Productivity South Africa and Chairman to SANA: Prof Mthunzi Mdwaba ; CEO of Arise Pty Ltd : Mr Deepak Malik Divisional Finance Director to Unilever: Ms. Mpume Langa ; Dr. Abdu Mukhtar: Director for Industrialization and Trade Facilitation at African Development Bank Group.