The European Business Council for Africa

Don't miss out on the EARLY BIRD RATE for this year's Annual Debate, ending on 18TH APRIL! Invest Africa's flagship forum brings together global businesses, investors, thought leaders and policy makers under one roof to share their perspectives on African trade and investment opportunities. With more than 300 attendees from diverse sectors and countries, and confirmed speakers from GOOGLE, THE IMF, THE CARLYLE GROUP AND THE JSE AMONGST OTHERS, secure your place at

The Importance of Governance and Business Ethics with Brand South Africa - February 26, 2019

Invest Africa and Brand SA are delighted to invite you to our Members event on ‘The Importance of Governance and Business Ethics with Brand SA’ , looking at the ongoing consideration of corporate governance developments in South Africa and its importance for its continued development in the country and the region.

Brand South Africa was established in August 2002 to help create a positive and compelling brand image for South Africa.

At that time, the world was unsure about what to think of South Africa, with many different messages being sent out by various sources. This did very little to build the country’s brand and it was evident that to attract tourism and investment there was a need to co-ordinate marketing initiatives to make them more effective.

This led to the creation of Brand South Africa, whose main objective is the marketing of South Africa through the Brand South Africa campaign.

There are many benefits to having a consolidated brand image, with the most important being that a consistent Brand South Africa message creates strategic advantages in terms of trade and tourism for the country in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

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Invest Africa is delighted to host a ‘Renewable Energy in South Africa’ panel in partnership with Brand South Africa.

South Africa has recently signed renewable energy contracts worth $4.7 billion with independent power producers, in the first major investment deal under President Cyril Ramaphosa. A consortium of key players that include multilateral and development finance institutions will play a great role in achieving the country’s targets. This panel will highlight  key investment opportunities within the renewable energy sector including wind, solar, thermal and hydro power. Confirmed panellists include Jasandra Nyker, CEO of BioTherm Energy, Linda Mabhena-Olagunju, Managing Director of DLO Energy Resources, and Scott Mackin, Managing Partner and Head of the Power Deal Team, Denham Capital. Moderator: Guy Winter, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard.
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he DLO Africa Power Roundtable is a platform that hosts various gatherings of government, key investors and stakeholders in Africa’s energy sector with the objective of encouraging investment. Now in its 7th year the platform has hosted a number of events in Africa and has had success in bringing together key sector players and stakeholders. Join us from 30 – 31 October to hear opportunities for investment in energy across Africa, with keynote addresses from Energy Ministers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. 
View the full programme here.


The energy sector in Africa has received much attention from businesses and investors over the past ten years. The African Development Bank’s landmark 'New Deal on Energy for Africa', launched in 2015 with the aim of achieving universal access to electricity by 2025 and bolstering growth prospects across the continent, has been key to shaping the sector’s evolution. The coming years will bring further shifts in policy priorities and investment trends, heralding both new opportunities and fresh challenges
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We are delighted to partners with the African Development Bank’s ‘Africa Investment Forum’ which will take place in Johannesburg, from 7-9th November. Invest Africa Connect will be hosting various high-level events alongside the main conference, and we have already confirmed a fantastic line up of speakers. See the agenda below  

Thursday 8th November


 IA Connect Breakfast Panel Session: ‘Unlocking Africa’s Deals’
This panel discussion will look at the investor landscape across key growth sectors for example energy and infrastructure.
• Mapping the investor landscape for Africa’s energy and infrastructure sectors
• What are the success stories in these sectors, company experiences and case studies?
• What are the key strategies for developing a realistic, successful and bankable project in Africa?
Moderator: Sneha Shah, Managing Director Africa, Thompson Reuters
Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Director, Financial Services, Africa Finance Corporation
Hardy Pemhiwa, Managing Director, Econet
 Invest Africa Connect Lunch
Guest Speakers
Richard Morgan, Head of Government Relations, Anglo American
Name TBC, Senior Representative, De Beers
Invest Africa Connect Evening Reception with Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Public Enterprises, South Africa
Friday 9th November
 Invest Africa Breakfast
Guest Speaker
Kola Karim, CEO, Shoreline Energy (Invited)
 A Global View: Foreign Direct Investment into Africa
This panel will look at the critical success factors for achieving sustainable economic growth in Africa. Speakers will assess the investor
appetite in Africa from a global perspective, e.g. China, Japan, UK, Russia, France and Germany.
• What are the drivers and inhibitors for Africa’s sustainable growth and role global investors need to play?
• Which old trade agreements need to be modernized, actioned or revised?
• Which projects have the capacity to change the Continent?
• What are the key concerns raised by foreign investors, and how can these be mitigated, i.e. adhering to a complex regulatory /
legislative environments across different jurisdictions (land ownership and natural resources)
Emma Wade-Smith,OBE, Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, UK Department for International Trade
Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO, Siemens South Africa
Frank M Dunlevy, Counselor to the President & CEO, OPIC
Christophe Charlier, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Renaissance Capital
Colin Coleman, Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Welcome to the Norway – Mozambique Business & Investment Forum in Oslo/Norway – hosted by NABA and NORWEP in connection with a high level visit from Mozambique. A conference programme and more details will be shared soon.


For the 8th consecutive year, NABA – together with co-host Norfund and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are gathering 500 Nordic and African business representatives in Oslo, this year under the heading “The Blue Opportunity”.   

– The Nordic-African Business Summit is the platform for our African business partners as well as Nordic companies who want to be the first learner, first earner and first mover in Africa’s blue opportunity, says Eivind Fjeldstad, Managing Director of NABA.

Benin’s President Patrice Talon – a representative of the new generation of African leadership, and with a background from the private sector – will be giving the key note speech, and will be followed by 35 distinguished speakers from Unilever, Standard Chartered, Equinor, Yara International, International Trade Center, World Ocean Council, Ferd Group, A.P. Moller Capital, RaboBank, Siem Industries and DNV GL to mention some.  

– With blue opportunity we mean the renewable opportunities in the sky, the ocean resources, and the water needed for Africa’s agriculture. Trade is also central – as 90 percent of all the continent’s imports and exports are conducted by sea. The Nordic countries have a long maritime history, we are leading energy and fisheries nations – everything we do, is connected to something blue, says Fjeldstad.

This year’s Nordic-African Business Summit will feature two plenary sessions with “high level outlook – Africa’s blue opportunity” and “Africa’s gateway to investments and trade” – as well as six special sessions featuring Africa’s port outlook, marine waste, food & agribusiness, aquaculture, energy outlook and finding the right energy projects. As in previous years, more than 20 African Ambassadors will be ready to meet conference delegates in a dedicated speed-meeting session.

You can read more about the programme and register for this year’s Summit by clicking here

In partnership with Eastern African Association (EAA), NABA members are invited to join an investment mission to Ethiopia, from October 23rd-26th. The program includes a Nordic Conference organized by the Nordic Embassies in Addis Ababa, in addition to a joint NABA and EAA program with relevant stakeholders.


Eastern Africa recorded the continent’s best economic performance in 2017 and, within that, Ethiopia stands out as the fastest growing country. 

After a period of considerable political uncertainty, during which two states of emergency were declared, Ethiopia has now become much more stable following the election of a reform-minded new Prime Minister, Mr. Abiy Ahmed, in early April. Despite the political troubles, a serious drought in certain parts of the country and a continuing shortage of foreign exchange, the economy has still managed to grow at a rate of around 8% and current projections indicate this trend is likely to continue. 

The timing of the Investment Mission therefore looks to be very opportune, at a point in the Ethiopia’s development when there is the real prospect of a greater private sector contribution to the economy and increased foreign investment within that.

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Invité : Rémy Rioux, directeur général du groupe AFD

Tout Afrique, le rôle des secteurs privé et public français ?

Fin connaisseur des institutions et des entreprises françaises, passionné des questions de développement et de climat, Rémy Rioux a également un fort attachement à l'Afrique. Sa mission à la tête de l'AFD l'a naturellement mené à effectuer de nombreux déplacements sur ce continent qu'il a placé au cœur de la stratégie de l'Agence. Par ailleurs, avec une approche "Tout Afrique", l’AFD est la première institution publique à considérer le continent dans toute son étendue et dans sa diversité régionale.

Que retient-il de ses rencontres avec les gouvernements, la société civile et le secteur privé africains ? Que lui ont appris les projets financés par l'AFD sur la situation et les dynamiques africaines ? Y a-t-il une nouvelle donne dans les relations entre la France et l'Afrique, une nouvelle manière de travailler avec les différents partenaires ? Comment voit-il l'avenir ? En particulier quel devrait être le rôle des secteurs publics et privés et des entreprises internationales ?

Horaires : Apéritif networking à partir de 12h30. Déjeuner de 13h00 à 14h30
Lieu : Automobile Club de France, 6 place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris.

La participation au déjeuner est payante. – Tarif : 135 € TTC pour les adhérents du CIAN / 170 € TTC pour les non-adhérents (A partir du vendredi 12 octobre à 15h, toute inscription non annulée restera due)

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Founded in 2012 by the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), Africa Works! is a thematic bi-annual conference organized to position, promote and market the African continent as a valuable trade and investment destination. A visit to Africa Works! will inform, inspire, and connect the Dutch private sector with myriad companies and government representatives from Africa. Previous editions of Africa Works! attracted 400 to 500 visitors on each conference day. The 2016 edition of Africa Works! was addressed by Klaas Knot, President of the Dutch Central Bank while the 2012 edition was visited by Queen Maxima of The Netherlands.

This year, NABC’s flagship event will feature the theme of Future African Cities. The first day wil be dedicated to ‘Building Future African cities’ while day 2 is dedicated to ‘Powering Future African cities.’

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It is my pleasure to inform you of one of NABC's major annual conferences: the Francophone Africa Business Forum (FAB Forum), which will take place on June 19th in Madurodam, The Hague. 

What is the FAB Forum? 

The FAB Forum is the only existing business and knowledge-sharing platform focusing on trade and investment in Francophone Africa. The forum has a full-day programme including a plenary session with panel discussions; workshops; matchmaking; a company/country exhibition and a networking reception. Each year, the forum is visited by a large delegation from Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, as well as several other Francophone African countries (such as Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Benin and Tunisia). More than 200 companies from the Netherlands and the rest of Europe attend the event. French-English translation is provided throughout the day. More information can be found on the FAB Forum website

Theme 2018: Creating Partnerships in Agribusiness

This year's 4th edition of the FAB Forum has the theme of 'creating partnerships in agribusiness'. Special focus will be put on the following sectors: livestock (poultry, meat, dairy, animal feed), fruit and vegetables (production, seeds, fertilizer) and agrologistics (transport, export, packaging, conservation). Besides large companies and SMEs, the forum also attracts government representatives, knowledge institutes and start-ups. 


There are several opportunities to highlight your company or organization during the event. For example by hosting a workshop, setting up a company stand, or becoming a strategic event sponsor. You can contact Maloe de Reuver (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information about partnerships.