In the lead up to the 2nd edition of the EU-Africa Business Summit, which will take place on 28-29 November in Marrakech, an EU-Africa Brussels' Roundtable was held in the morning of the first day of the European Business Summit 2019.This Roundtable was the result of an initiative promoted by H.E. Didier Reynders, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs. In attendance was approximately 180 guests from across Africa and Europe, representing both the public and private sectors in a wide array of industry. 


The three sessions that took place throughout the morning were a High-Level Ministerial Panel addressing key issues facing the deepening of an EU-Africa Alliance, a session on the challenges and opportunities of the current finance and investment climate, as well as a third session on the required parameters for building a more sustainable and innovating agricultural sector in Africa. These debates were then followed by an exclusive Business Lunch in the magnificent Room Louis XIV of the Egmont Palace.


Esteemed speakers included Foreign Ministers of Belgium, Morocco, the Ivory Coast, and Rwanda as well as European and African Union's Commissioners. Other speakers came from notable organisations such as The African Bank of Development, OCP Africa, UNIDO, the Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO), Bank of Africa Group, the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises and the European Investment Bank.


"The Africa - Europe Alliance for sustainable investment and jobs is a wide strategy that builds on a real partnership between the two continents. It is based on a common agenda set by Africans and Europeans working together" - Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development


To move towards a more efficient partnership between the two continents, a multi-sectoral dialogue must promptly be consolidated at both political and business levels. At the upcoming EU-Africa Business Summit 2019 in Marrakech, national and European policy-makers, business leaders and experts will gather once again with the aim to find effective answers to the observations raised during the debates in Brussels. The Summit will also serve as a platform and an opportunity to hold in-depth debates with expert speakers. In this respect, this strategic platform based on the EBS formula will provide the perfect environment for high-level guests, partners and speakers to engage on key areas of economic transformation such as developing renewable and sustainable energy sources while ensuring their access to all, industrialisation in Africa in order to maximise the continent's greater potential, developing the full potential of the digital economy, and the importance of securing access to international finance for general innovation purposes, as well as the production of data and ensuring its safety, climate finance or agriculture.


Interested in becoming a partner? Get in touch with our EU-Africa Partnership Manager: Nathan Dufour, - T +32 (0) 2 645 34 88 – M +32 (0)468 09 83 79