The EU-Africa Forum
The Forum will bring together African and European business leaders representing multi-nationals, large corporations, small and medium-scale enterprises and confederations, multilateral and regional institutions. The Forum is supported by the European Commission and the African Union Commission, active forum members and other regional organizations.
The forum is an integral part of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JEAS). Major African and European companies, as well as private sector organisations, seek to achieve the objectives of the JEAS through dialogue and coordinated actions.
The role of the EU-Africa Business Forum is defined in the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JEAS) under the 3rd partnership on trade, regional integration and infrastructure.
The 3rd EU-Africa Business Forum - September 28-29, 2009, Nairobi, Kenya.
This event was organized with the support of the European Commission, the African Union Commission and active members of the Forum.
The Third EU-Africa Business Forum concluded its discussions in Nairobi, Kenya, (28-29 September 2009) with a consensus on the need for Africa to shift its policy objective from poverty reduction to the more dynamic goal of wealth creation. Read more...
EU-AFRICA BUSINESS FORUM, ACCRA/GHANA, 21-22 June 2007
The Second EU-Africa Business Forum took place at the International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana, on 21-22 June, 2007. This is an annual event, jointly conceived by the African Union Commission and the European Commission. The purpose is to improve the business climate in Africa and promote investment. The EC was in charge of organising the first Forum held in Brussels on 16-17 November, 2006 and the AUC handled the organisation of the second with some additional assistance from the EC-funded BizClim programme.
The second Forum was co-chaired by Dr. Vincent Maphai, Chairman of BHP Billiton South Africa and Richard Morgan, Head of Corporate Relations for Africa, Middle East & Turkey, Unilever. The African Union Commission and the European Commission were represented respectively by Dr. Maxwell Mkwezalamba, Commissioner for Economic Affairs and by Louis Michel, Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid.
The Forum was attended by African and European business leaders representing multi-nationals, large corporations, small and medium-scale enterprises and confederations, multilateral and regional institutions.
The second Forum examined progress achieved in respect of the recommendations of the first Forum with a view to addressing any identified bottlenecks as well as the following three topics, all of which are key to the enhancement of business development in Africa:
- Interconnectivity ? covering all infrastructure required for the efficient functioning of business and reducing transaction costs or the cost of doing business; two separate discussion papers treated classic infrastructure issues and ICT questions;
- Trade issues and regional integration ? covering all aspects, including standards and quality of products, tariff and non-tariff barriers, trade facilitation as well as means of addressing these issues; and
- Entrepreneurship ? covering the main aspects of business creation and development, entrepreneurship development, corporate governance and corporate social responsibility, vocational training, investment issues, to name a few.
At the end of the Second EU-Africa Business Forum, participants came up with a private sector declaration as well as a set of on ways of improving Africa?s business climate.