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Africa Works! Explore the Challenges and Opportunities in Africa

16 October 2014
17 October 2014

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The objective of Africa Works! 2014 is to explore the challenges and opportunities Africa poses to companies, government bodies, NGOs and knowledge centers through informing, inspiring, and expanding professional networks.

  • A platform for new partnerships between NGOs, knowledge centers, the private sector and government bodies.
  • A platform for the creation of new Africa oriented business.
  • Africa Works! has a strong international focus with African participants from all sectors
  • A large variety of Africa-oriented workshops (30+)
  • Direct contact with African embassies in the Benelux via the conference exhibition, matchmaking, and the Partnership dinner.
  • The biggest Africa focused business event of the year.

ECDPM will organise a workshop on Europe-Africa trade and business relations.

The 4th EU-Africa Summit in April 2014 emphasised the importance and need to further develop the business relations between the two continents, and continue their effort to harness trade, investment and business relations to development objectives towards sustainable and inclusive growth. In May 2014, the European Commission articulated its views in a Communication on “A Stronger Role of the Private Sector in Achieving Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Countries”, further identifying synergy between business and development. And in July 2014, the West African and Southern African regions concluded regional free trade agreements with the EU in the form of an Economic Partnership Agreement, with the overarching aim to foster development through trade and economic integration. The objective of this workshop is to address these recent developments and identify how they could best contribute to strengthen the trade and business relations between Europe and Africa, in a development-oriented manner.

The panel includes:

Fernando Matos Rosa, Secretary General, EBCAM – European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean, The European Private Sector Organisation for Africa’s Development


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