7th EU-Africa Business Forum: Turning nowadays challenges into opportunities
On 16, 20-21 and 23 April 2021, the EU-Africa Business Forum, hosted by the European Commission, the African Union Commission and the Portuguese Presidency of the European Council, co-organised with the support of the Africa-EU Energy Partnership and the Africa Europe Foundation, will take place virtually.
Join EDFI for a high-level discussion on “Accelerating the EU-Africa partnership for green energy transition in Africa”. The event will feature keynote addresses from:
- Amani Abou-Zeid, African Union Commission’s Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy;
- Augusto Santos Silva, Portugal’s Minister of Foreign Affairs;
- Frans Timmermans, European Commission’s Executive Vice-President.
It will be followed by a roundtable moderated by Kandeh Yumkella, co-chair of the Africa Europe Foundation Strategy Group on Energy, and will bring together policy makers, development bankers and CEOs from the EU and Africa to discuss the green energy transition on the African continent. Hela Cheikhrouhou, co-founder and CEO at Nithio (an EDFI ElectriFI investee company) will participate as a panellist. She will provide perspectives from the private sector and discuss how blended finance can contribute to the green energy transition in Africa.
The digital marketplace will provide an overview of concrete projects and players that contribute to the green transition. Participants are invited to visit the booths of the various e-exhibitors – including EDFI and its members – as well as to network. You will find opportunities to further collaborate with key government and business stakeholders and will also be able to participate to conferences and workshops organised by our partners.
This high level online forum hosted by the EIB and the Portuguese Presidency of the EU will include various sessions on the role of the European Union and its Member States in curbing climate change across the world, with a focus on Africa. It will namely highlight how international financial institutions are responding to this challenge through targeted, innovative instruments and enhanced outreach; and how private sector models are changing to become greener and more sustainable.
EDFI Chairman, Bruno Wenn, will take part in the ‘Developing profitable, green and sustainable business model’ session. Together with other panelists including Marta Mariz, CEO of SOFID, he will explore how the financial system can help businesses in Africa to succeed, and how to catalyse private investment and funding.