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.

 

Speakers

  • Neven Mimica

    European Commissioner, International Cooperation and Development

  • H.E Kwesi Quartey

    Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission

  • Pierre Guislain

    Vice President, African Development Bank, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation

  • Vimal Shah

    CEO of Bidco Oil Refi neries Limited and BIDCO Group

  • Pierre Gattaz

    President MEDEF - French Business Confederation

  • Rebecca Stromeyer

    Founder of eLearning Africa

  • Chris Bishop

    Editor Forbes Africa Magazine

  • Hussein Alfa ‘Seyni’ Nafo

    Chair of the African Group of Negotiators, UNFCCC

  • Roberto Ridolfi

    Director, European Commission for Sustainable Growth and Development

  • Saadia Madsbjerg

    Managing Director, The Rockefeller Foundation

  • Chris Clubb

    Managing Director, Convergence

  • Ana Hajduka

    Founder & CEO, Africa GreenCo

  • Riccardo Ridolfi

    Co-founder and Director, Absolute Energy Capital

  • Christine Leurquin

    Vice-President, Institutional Relations & Communications, SES S.A.

  • Steve Collar

    CEO, SES Networks

  • Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou

    High Commissioner, High Commission for Information Technology and New Technologies of Information and Communication, Niger

  • Michel Reveyrand-de Menthon

    Advisor to Chairman and CEO of international relations, Orange

  • Travis Heneveld

    Director UN and Multinational Accounts, Motorola

  • Marc Elvinger

    Chair of Friendship Luxembourg and Co-Chair of Friendship International

  • Ossi Heinanen

    CEO Plan International, Finland

  • Laurence Janssens

    Senior Director, Country Manager Indian Ocean, Microsoft

  • Jan-Willem Scheijgrond

    Vice President Global Government and Public Affairs, Royal Philips

  • Alexander De Croo

    Deputy prime minister and minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecom and Postal Services, Belgium

  • Karim Lotfi Senhadji

     CEO of OCP Africa

  • Kanayo F. Nwanze

    Member of the Global Agenda Council on Food Security, World Economic Forum

  • Michael Hailu

    Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation

  • Maira Dzelzkalēja

    VP Latvian Farmers Parliament

  • Josephine Okot

    Founder & MD Victoria Seeds Ltd

  • Dr Ndubuisi Ekekwe

    Founder & Chairman, First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics Ltd (Fasmicro)

Events

High-level event
Invited CEOs and high-level stakeholders will engage in lively debates as part of a series of 3 thematic sessions (Agri-Business, Digitalisation and the Green Economy) in the afternoon, moderated by experienced moderators from the media.
High-level event
An innovative event was introduced in the previous 5th EU-Africa Business Forum and dubbed “Investor Pitches”. This was so successful that this year this event has selected from among 25 proposals.
This event will convene high-level business leaders and stakeholders from Africa and Europe and its success will hinge on the strong support and involvement of the African and European business communities.

 

Highlights

Job creation the EU-Africa Business Forum

 

EU Africa Business Forum highlights