The European Business Council for Africa

5 - 6 June 2023


The 2023 edition of the AFRICA CEO FORUM, organized in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will bring together over 1800 African private sector leaders and international investors during 2 days on June 5th and 6th, 2023 in Abidjan.

31st May 2023, 14:00-15:30

The global just energy transition and commitment to the Paris Agreement for reduced carbon emissions presents a significant opportunity for several African mining jurisdictions and companies.

But supplying the metals and minerals required for the transition will require an increase in mining activity, which itself has traditionally been a high carbon-emitting sector. Methods for extraction will need to be climate-conscious while also meeting societal expectations for delivering inclusive economic benefits.

30-31 May 2023
Mogadishu, Somalia

The success of the First Forum has prompted the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Federal Government of Somalia and UNIDO to organize the 2nd edition of the 2019 Forum, with an enlarged vision titled 1st Somalia Economic Conference to be held on May 30th and 31st, in Mogadishu, Somalia. The 1st Somalia Economic Conference will host the 2nd Italia-Somalia Business and Trade Forum on May 30th and the 1st Somalia Private Sector Partnership Meet on May 31st.

7 June 2023, 15:00 – 18:00 CET

On 7 June 2023 from 15:00 – 18:00 CET (16:00 - 19:00 EAT), ECDPM will co-organise a joint hybrid event in Addis Ababa and online with European Union Delegation to the African Union, the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Addis Ababa and Permanent Mission to the AU, the African Centre for Economic Transformation (ACET), the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) to take stock of recent advances and continued challenges in digitalisation in an Africa-Europe context and to identify ways to partner.

26 April 2023, 9:30 - 15:30
Virtual workshop


This workshop has explored how recent trends affected foreign direct investment (FDI) flows, their impact on inclusive economic development and social cohesion in the partner countries of German development cooperation and how these impacts can be further improved.


Benguela Province, Angola 

23-24 May 2023

Following the successful first Angola-European Union Business Forum in Brussels in 2022, the EU in partnership with Angolan authorities will hold a second edition of the event in May 2023. 

Since the first edition, Angola continues to improve its business environment, diversify exports and enhance the country’s infrastructure. The EU and its Member States, as major trade and investment partners, are committed to support the reforms oriented towards economic diversification and growth, decent jobs creation and sustainability. 

Part of the broader EU strategy to step up engagement through the "partnership of equals" approach, the European Commission concluded negotiations with Angola on a Sustainable Investment Facilitation Agreement (SIFA) - the first EU agreement of this kind - to further enhance sustainable trade and investment links in line with the Global Gateway. The agreement is designed to attract and expand investments while integrating environment and labour rights commitments in the Angola-EU relationship. It seeks to support the diversification of Angola's economy, currently based on its abundant raw materials and energy resources, to unlock the country's potential through inclusive and sustainable growth. In addition, Angola's accession to the African Continental Free Trade Area (ACTAJ and the SADC Trade Protocol contribute critically to connecting Angola's economy to regional and global value chains.

12th April 2023 from 11:00 to 13:00


On 12 April 2023 from 11:00 to 13:00 CET, ECDPM, together with United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies and the Trade Law Centre are co-organising an online webinar to discuss how external actors can best support African economic integration.

29th March - 30th March
Geneva - Online


The theme for this year’s Forum is: "Ensuring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the ECE Region in times of multiple crises"

Focus will be on monitoring progress as well as identifying areas for transformative action in order to achieve the SDGs. Outcomes of the Forum will again contribute to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in July but, this year also the SDG Summit in September, which marks the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

 20 - 23 March 2023 
London, United Kingdom


President Hakainde Hichilema inherited Zambia with a heavily indebted economy, a spiralling currency, and a reputation for fiscal unreliability in August 2021. He has made notable progress on fiscal and mining tax reforms as part of his business-friendly policy stance. Zambia’s economic outlook for investors in 2023 is projected to be positive.

To further strengthen investor confidence, Zambia’s macroeconomic stability has greatly improved as Hichilema’s government has managed to bring inflation rates down from 25.6% in August 2021 to 9.7% in June 2022. Additionally, the status of the Zambian Kwacha has been elevated from the world’s worst performing currency in 2021 to the second best against the US dollar in 2022.

29-30 March, 2023
Johannesburg, South Africa


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