The European Business Council for Africa

Upon personal invitation of Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General, European Commission, DG DEVCO, I attended the above conference on the state of Africa-EU relations. The seminar was organised ahead of the next Africa-EU summit in November by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) together with the European Commission and the German Development Institute (DIE). It took place at the Academy of the KAS at the shore of Lake Como, Italy, from 23 to 25 of July.

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The First Community Meeting for the next EUROPEAN DEVELOPMENT DAYS (EDD) 2018, which will be held on 5-6 June 2018, took place on the 24 January 2018. It aimed at bringing together relevant stakeholders interested in this annual event. Participants had been encouraged to take over initiatives for the programme submitting their proposals according to the outlined topic.

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This Mission Statement of EBCAM has been elaborated on the basis of discussions in the meetings of the
16th General Assembly in London and the comments received afterwards. It has been subsequently revised
and the most recent version is availabe below.

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The 6th EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) took place on 27 November 2017 in Abidjan. Organised backto-back with the 5th AU-EU Summit, the EABF brought together more than 1000 representatives from the African and European business and political leaders. Discussions revolved around how to stimulate more investment for jobs in Africa and to collaborate closely to support the continent in its efforts for economic development while making the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality for its people. The forum was the culmination of wider mobilisation in Europe and Africa that took place over the previous year, bringing together public and private sector constituencies.

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Factsheets AU-EU Summit on Agriculture&Fisheries, Investment&Jobs, Knowledge&Skills and Energy

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The Rise of an Emerging Diplomatic Actor? Assessing the Role of the EU Delegation to the African Union

The department of "EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies" of the College of Europe is pleased to announce that a new paper from the
"EU Diplomacy Papers Series" has been released.

Every three years the European Union (EU) and the African Union (AU) hold a Summit of Heads of States and Governments to take stock of the progress made in the implementation of the Africa-EU Partnership. The 5th African Union-EU Summit will take place on 29-30 November 2017 in Abidjan. On this occasion, this paper aims to analyse the interplay between the EU Delegation (EUDEL) and the permanent missions of the EU member states to the African Union in Addis Ababa...

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Report on EIB activities in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific, and the overseas territories, 2014.

The EIB operations in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (the ACPs), and those in overseas countries and territories (the OCTs) are carried out under the ACP-EC Partnership Agreement (the “Cotonou Agreement”, 2000-2020), and the Overseas Association Decision, the legal framework for EU relations with these regions. Financing under these agreements is provided from the European Development Fund (EDF) – EU Member States’ budgets – and EIB own resources, which the Bank borrows on the international capital markets. For more information please see the links.

EIB Annual Report 2014

Report on results outside the EU 2014

Financial Statements 2014

Africa Forum 2017

Africa Stand Up. Vision 2025.


On 21 June, we held our 4th Africa Forum London event at the Merchant Taylors Hall in the heart of the City.

This year’s theme, Africa Stand Up – Vision 2025, was a chance for us to look at how Africa can positively respond to the current global uncertainties, and take advantage to position itself to rise. We had a genuinely exciting and varied menu of topics and speakers, from leading economists to trail-blazing artists and several hundred guests from a broad spectrum of African interests.

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The United Nations International Conference on Financing for Development.

The international Conference on Financing for Development (Monterrey, Mexico, 18-22 March 2002) signaled a turning point in the approach to development cooperation by the international community.

More than 50 Head of State and Government and over 200 Ministers of foreign affairs, trade, development and finance gathered in Monterrey. They were joined by the Heads of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund,  the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, business and civil socity leaders.

The Monterrey Consensus has become a reference point for international development cooperation. It embraces six areas of Financing for Development :

  • Mobilizing domestic financial resources for development.
  • Mobilizing international resources for development: foreign direct investment and other private flows
  • International Trade as an engine for development.
  • Increasing international financial and technical cooperation for development.
  • External Debt.
  • Addressing systemic issues: enhancing the coherence and consistency of the international monetary, financial and trading systems in support of development.

The Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus (Doha, Qatar, 28 November - 2 December 2008) allowed the adoption of The Doha Declaration on Financing for Development



Trade is in trouble. Since the crisis, trade growth has slowed while public scepticism about trade in some countries has grown. Read Making Trade Work for All to learn more about what can be done to ensure trade works for more people.

This new OECD paper makes a renewed case for trade but argues that we need to start by acknowledging there are some good reasons for some people to be angry. But trade is not the root cause of the problems and nor can we look to trade to solve them on its own. The paper argues that action needs to be taken on three fronts:

1. Creating domestic environments were trade benefits can materialise
2. Doing more to bring everyone along, particularly in regions facing trade shocks
3. Making the international system work better

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