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EU Africa Public Affairs briefing

Date: Thursday, 09 May 2019 09:00 - 13:00

Venue: Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe 1 Place Jourdan 1040 Bruxelles

About this event

This is the first of a series of briefings dedicated to providing a comprehensive assessment of the EU-Africa partnership and its opportunities for the private sector.

The business climate in Africa is shifting. Where, once, there were blockades to investing on the continent, bridges are slowly being built to attract and facilitate private sector investment across a multitude of sectors.

In parallel the policy space for businesses has opened up dramatically, as the EU-Africa partnership steers closer and closer towards leveraging private sector investment and encouraging a more conducive regulatory environment for the private sector to thrive.

Why attend ?

Successfully navigating the remaining barriers to private sector investment and access to available funding is currently the challenge of the EU’s private sector.

The World Bank’s Ease of Business Report 2018 saw 83 reforms implemented in Sub-Saharan African economies, the largest number of reforms ever recorded by the Doing Business report in any region, representing 31% of all reforms implemented globally in in the past year. Business as usual is, therefore, no longer the case for doing business in Africa.

Who should attend?

Directors and VP levels, in charge of EU and institutional affairs of global companies and organisations.

Here the link to buy the ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eu-africa-public-affairs-briefing-tickets-60351212100?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button


Meet our experts:

Thierno Seydou Diop, Associate (Africa), Schuman Associates

With more than 15 years’ experience in development issues and public affairs, he is a pioneer in EU Africa lobbying in Brussels, working with private sector, European commission and EU Member States on EU funding strategies in Africa.

Thierno will lead the workshop on “Understanding the EU-Africa policy and funding cycles”, highlighting the linkages between policy and funding. The workshop will cover traditional and new blending instruments from the EIB and other international financial institutions to boost trade and investment, further attract private investors and improve the business climate.

Annie Mutamba, Managing Director, Meridia Partners

With over 15 years’ experience as a public affairs and communications consultant and trainer in Washington, DC and Brussels, she is also the co-founder of Meridia Partners, the first public affairs consultancy specializing in EU-Africa relations.

Annie will lead the workshop on "EU Africa public affairs", recent trends in EU-Africa decision-making, policy innovations and the changing landscape for private sector advocacy in the EU-Africa context.

Uzo Madu, EU-Africa communications and public affairs consultant

Uzo has 10 years’ experience in EU public affairs and is the founder of What’s in it for Africa, the only current affairs programme and online platform monitoring and analysing EU-Africa political issues and policy shaping.

She will conduct the workshop on trade, covering key topics such as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, the EU-Africa continent-to-continent trade agreement, a post-Brexit EU-Africa relationship and the perceived openness of the EU.

Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/eu-africa-public-affairs-briefing-tickets-60351212100?utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button


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All Dates

  • Thursday, 09 May 2019 09:00 - 13:00

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