European Commissioner, International Cooperation and Development
Welcome to the EU-Africa Business Forum
The EU-Africa Business Forum (EABF) is an integral part of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES). Its main objective is bringing the views of business to both European and African leaders on critical issues pertaining to both continents' relations.
Africa-EU partnership: forging a new investment relationship to fuel job creation
The EU‐Africa Business Forum (EABF), which took place in Brussels, Belgium on 7 June 2017, made ‘investing in job creation’ the cornerstone of its agenda. Organised within the context of the European Development Days, the forum brought together eminent business leaders, entrepreneurs and policymakers from both continents. Once again, the forum proved to be a successful high-level platform for dialogue between more than 1 400 participants from Africa and Europe, including business leaders and policymakers. Discussions centred on one of the most important issues facing Africa, namely how to create more and better jobs, with priority also given to the sectors of agribusiness, sustainable energy and digitalisation. It presented a unique opportunity for business leaders and governments to meet and share ideas, lessons learnt, success stories and potential opportunities so as to enhance relations between both continents. As outlined by the Joint Africa-EU Strategy, this is in line with its aim, which is ‘to discuss ways of improving the investment and business climate and to raise the profile of doing business in Africa’. A total of 1 400 delegates attended the EU-Africa Business Forum, which marked another important milestone in a long-standing partnership.
Following a hugely successful forum in 2014, this event, which took place within the European Development Days at Tour & Taxis, marked an important shift by addressing not only policies but also concrete plans for job creation, notably through the European External Investment Plan (EIP). Reflecting on this and a move toward greater involvement from business, the theme of the event was ‘Investing in job creation’. The forum represented a milestone in a series of business-related events to take place ahead of the 5th Africa-EU Summit of Heads of State and Government in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on 29 and 30 November. Here, further fruitful discussions are expected, following the presentation of a series of recommendations, including from the roundtables of the Brussels’ forum.