The European Business Council for Africa

Online conference starting with special opening event on 2-4 December2020. Closing activity of the 2020 Year of Leiden African Studies Assembly

In recent years, Africa’s universities, research institutions and other knowledge agencies have undergone tremendous change. Growing demand for scientific forms of knowledge and for higher education has pushed many of them to expand rapidly and to show a combination of daring initiatives and institutional, scientific, and educational creativity. New knowledge organizations have also been established, for example, with ties to religious groups or to the private sector. ‘Decolonizing the academy’ has become a strong call within and outside the continent. Eurocentrism is increasingly questioned, while calls for ‘looking East’ and ‘looking inside Africa’ are gaining momentum. 

About The Event

G-PAD 2020: WHY IT IS IMPORTANT

Africa has the world’s largest population of young people. By 2030, 20% of the global labour force and approximately 33% of the global youth labour force, are projected to come from Africa. Whereas about 12 million young Africans enter the labour market every year, only 3 million jobs are created in the formal sector. The informal sector provides 85.8% of the total African employment, which absorbs 95% of the youth. The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a hard blow on the African economy as it has done in other parts of the world. Reports show that this trend is set to worsen as in the first months of the crisis, the income of workers in Africa's informal sector dropped by 81%.

In many ways, UK's National Health Service (NHS), private health care organisations, Pharmaceutical Companies, Royal Medical Colleges, MedTech Start-ups and SMEs engaged in the healthcare global supply chains, are the envy of many countries globally.  Subsequent to various initiatives, Britain continues to offer structural support aimed at enhancing the resilience of healthcare systems globally. 

Inaugural to the Annual Africa Health Summit to be held between 8-11 June 2021 at the Royal College of General Practitioners, Euston, London, and in partnership with the Kenyan Government, UK's Department For International Trade (DIT), UK Export Finance (UKEF) and Health Education England (HEE), we are are delighted to invite you to the "UK-Kenya Global Health Partnerships for Resilient Health Systems".

This Symposium on Health will showcase UK's role and initiatives in Global Health, particularly Kenya, as well as provide a unique opportunity for UK and Kenyan counterparts to share best practices, address some of the most critical healthcare needs and challenges, and to learn more about growing avenues of partnerships and investments in the healthcare space both in UK and Kenya.

Our world is currently being shaped by significant changes, from the global COVID-19 pandemic to the recent digital transformations in the context of Industry 4.0. Africa and its major value chains will also need to adapt to the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area. In order to mitigate their effects and ensure they lead to sustainable and inclusive development, quality and standards are more than ever needed.

Besides the negative consequences of COVID-19, the main economic challenges in many African countries include limited competitiveness of enterprises and the need for better value-chain integration at regional and national levels in order to scale-up sustainable structural transformation. To compete in export markets, African countries need to work towards increasing the volume and range of the products they sell and export while complying with the increasingly stringent market requirements on product quality, safety, health and environmental impact. Standardization along the value chain enables reduction in production and transaction costs, increased quality and market opportunities, competitive positioning and an improved management of risks. 

As Africa and Europe seek to re-set their partnership, Friends of Europe is engaging with our partners across both continents to understand the long-term vision and the converging and diverging priorities at the heart of this new cooperation.

Africa and Europe have a shared interest and much to gain from one another in accelerating the progress of the global agenda for sustainable development, whilst working together to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through its “Debating Africa-EU” series, Friends of Europe is focused on engaging its partners and the new EU College of Commissioners around their vision and priorities for EU-Africa cooperation. In response to the Joint Communication Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa, this series serves as a consultative exercise for key stakeholders and partners from both continents to voice their perspectives on the future of the relationship.

Après un premier webinaire organisé le 2 juillet 2020 avec ITC (International Trade Center) sur l’impact de la pandémie mondiale du COVID19 sur les entreprises africaines, la CPCCAF organise un nouveau webinaire, le 24 novembre 2020 (via GoToMeeting), avec l’OIM (Office international des migrations), l’OIT (Organisation internationale du travail) et la FEWACCI (Fédération des CCI d’Afrique de l’Ouest) sur les conditions de travail au sein des entreprises africaines dans le contexte persistant de la crise sanitaire du COVID19.

Différentes problématiques y seront abordées, parmi lesquelles : l’accès aux outils numériques ; l’absence des salariés et la réorganisation du travail… et également les conditions de travail des migrants dans le présent contexte de crise.

Think Africa in collaboration with Ubuntu Film Club and OPAD are organising an exciting and empowering event for youths of African background living in Finland. The event through film and discussions provides a safe space for youths to share their views of Africa, their identity and experiences in Finland, and their wishes and role in Africa’s development.

Target audience is youths between the ages 16 - 25, but all interested are welcome to attend.

Registered participants will enter a raffle to win a nice surprise :)

This event serves as the Launch event for Think Africa’s youth-focused program for 2021, which will provide a space and set of activities that will create cultural awareness, address identity related issues and provide a supporting platform where participants can share their stories, challenges, build skills, and have access to mentorship and role models. 

There is a growing consensus that public finances won't be enough to help least developed countries (LDCs) recover from COVID-19.

Join investors, business and government leaders in this digital event to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted finance and investment for trade in LDCs and what strategies can help LDCs access new sources of finance and investment for trade. Register below and we also encourage you to join our online conversation on Twitter by tagging @EIF4LDCs.

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Do you have questions about financing and investment for trade in LDCs? Submit them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and our speakers will endeavor to answer them during the event. You will also be able to submit questions and communicate with the event producers should you have any technical issues using the chat function during the event.

SSCG Africa Agribusiness Summit 2021 will take place online on Thursday 28 January 2021. The theme is Accelerating African agro industry growth, productivity and value chain development; Tackling food waste and security challenges.

The half day-long summit will bring together stakeholders from governments, investors, business, academia and multilateral institutions to take stock of the agriculture and agro sectors in Africa and identify opportunities to enhance growth, efficiency, productivity and sustainability across agricultural value chains in support of smallholder farmers, agricultural products processing and boost food security. The summit will feature panel discussions, transformation talks and presentations on a myriad of topics and opportunities. Its aim is threefold: to highlight innovative solutions for growth, discuss areas for further investment and qualifiers for investment, and create an avenue for collaboration between the UK and African private and public sectors. 

BOLSTERING AFRICA’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19: HOW CAN JOINT AFRICAN AND INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS DEFEAT THE PANDEMIC AND ITS SIDE EFFECTS?

On 15 April 2020, 18 world leaders called for an urgent debt moratorium and unprecedented health and economic aid package to help the African continent withstand the multiple shocks caused by Covid-19. The call made it clear that “only a global victory that fully includes Africa can bring this pandemic to an end”. The initiative urged for action in four sectors: support to African health systems, research, humanitarian aid, and economy. Seven months later, has the common call for action really made a difference? What could be done now to improve the situation in a tangible way?

AFRICA: TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR

Speakers will present and explain the financing solutions to challenges faced by the private sector in Africa, especially SMEs, in the current crisis context. Panellists will present and discuss roadmaps and concrete actions taken by Public Development Banks, European DFIs, private banks and financial institutions in delivering efficient and accurate financing solutions. They will exchange on their respective and collective role in supporting the viability of existing companies impacted by the pandemic, in a responsible and sustainable way.