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5th EU-Africa Business Forum

The EU-Africa Summit taking place on 2 and 3 April 2014 in Brussels will be preceded by a business forum organised by the European Commission. The aim of this forum is to enable African and European business leaders to compare their expectations and investment needs, and to formulate policy on the basis of the discussions that follow. At the request of the European Commission, COLEACP is co-organising two events at this forum:
  • The first is a roundtable on the role of the private sector in development of African agriculture. This has been set up in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Commission. It will be co-chaired by Akinwumi Adesina, Federal Minister of Agriculture of Nigeria; Jerzy Plewa, DG of the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development; and Guy Stinglhamber, General Delegate of COLEACP.The roundtable, on the theme “How to leverage the private sector for inclusive and sustainable development”, and will take place in Brussels on Monday 31 March from 14.00 - 16.00 (Crowne Plaza).
  •  The second is a workshop on innovation in agriculture in cooperation with the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (supported by COLEACP and CAAST-Net Plus). On the eve of the EU-Africa Summit, private and public sectors will explore how innovation and research can contribute to food security and nutrition in Africa.The roundtable, on the theme "Innovation serving food and nutrition security in Europe and Africa", and will take place in Brussels on DG Research and Innovation (COVE). This round table is a private session, with attendance by invitation and pre-registration only. Total attendance is restricted to a maximum of 50 people.
  •  The next Brussels Development Briefing on ‘Realising the Promise of Agriculture for Africa’s Transformation’, will be held during the morning of Wednesday 4 April 2014, at the Egmont Palace in Brussels. This 36th Briefing is timed to coincide with the 4th Africa-EU Summit, and the panel is being organised by the ACP-EU Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA), in collaboration with the European Commission and the African Union Commission. The panel will be composed of a stellar cast of speakers representing governments, farmers’ organisations, the private sector, development partners and academia. They will discuss the opportunities for investment in African agriculture and the importance of building partnerships which will increase productivity and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
More information is available on EU Africa Business forum website