The European Business Council for Africa

Berlin – On July 12, EU foreign ministers agreed on a new version of the connectivity strategy that was decided in 2018 yet never properly implemented. The strategy aims to finally breathe life into the idea of a globally connected Europe, and drive forward the implementing EU institutions. By the spring of 2022, concrete proposals are to be drawn up on how the European Union can counter China’s aspirations for greater global influence.

The key question is whether the relaunch of the strategy will also be accompanied by a change in thinking on the part of the politicians who intend to implement it. The need for this is particularly evident in Africa, where the strategies of Europe and China could not be more different. Beijing sees Africa not as a continent of problems, but as one of opportunities, and acts accordingly. It is investing enormous sums there – without any concerns that even one African refugee will ever reach China. The perception of German and European politicians, however, is still too clouded by concept of Africa as a continent of crisis. Between 1960 and 2004, 600 billion dollars of Western development aid flowed to the continent without any critical self-reflection as to whether this led to sustainable value creation or to improvements in the circumstances of the people there. European donor countries still place too much focus on improving social infrastructure. Unfortunately, this has led neither to many new jobs nor to a noticeable improvement in local value creation. These are precisely the factors that play a very important role in China’s Africa strategy, which is why the country seems to be successful on the continent.

Achieving the Paris climate targets and reducing global carbon emissions remain central concerns for German industry and the German federal government. Despite the recession brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, they continue to be high political priorities. The German federal government is intensively engaged in national climate protection measures, and has laid down its national climate protection targets in the new German Climate Protection Act (Klimaschutzgesetz). The act provides for a reduction in carbon emissions by 55 percent by 2030.

NABC Company Rebranding

The past weekend at NABC has been one for the books! Not only did we hold a successful dinner for over 25 African Ambassadors, we finally revealed our official company rebranding! Here at the NABC, we aim to inform, inspire, catalyze and connect businesses with opportunities in Africa. As the leading organization for trade and investment for Africa based in the Netherlands, our brand is two folded: we are a networking community with a common interest in doing business in a striving continent, and we are a professional organization that implements high-level Africa-focused trade and investment facilitation activities, including trade missions, business events, and sector programs. 

We stand for Confidence in African Business! Click here to watch the new NABC corporate video.

For more information please discover the latest NABC newsletter.

 

Courses of economic action proposed by the German-African Business Association to address the causes of flight

Addressing the causes of flight has been the dominant theme in the debate on the increasing migration pressure in the direction of Germany and Europe. A significant amount of migrants come to us from African countries too. The German Federal Government and the EU want to counter migration pressure primarily through partnerships on migration with African countries, and greater humanitarian support in refugee camps. At the same time, traditional development assistance is being increasingly called into question, and justifiably so.

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Dear members,

Our survey on doing business in Africa for the CIAN Barometer 2017 is now online. 

Published in French and English, the CIAN Report, which contents results and analyses of this survey, is one of the most authoritative and up-to-date report on business in Africa. It provides investors, local authorities and international organisations with a direct feedback from companies working in Africa. 

We need country managers, CFOs of international companies in each and every 54 countries of the Continent to participate! Thank you for your contribution.

Click here for the survey!

Business Strategy 2015-2017 
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Bridging the finance gap for SME in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific 
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Tackling the energy challenge in Africa 
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Impact financing in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific 
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