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.
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