The EU-African SME Summit Open thePath for Collaboration between SMEs in the Two Continents
The first EU-African SME Summit will take place on 20-21 March in Brussels!
The event will tackle questions such as:
- What is the role of Small and Mid-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in inter-national economic cooperation between Europe and Africa?
- How can African SMEs become the economic backbone of Africa, as the European Mittelstand is for Europe?
It will do so through the framing concept is of Shared Value: this new notion redefines our approach to sustainable development goals like access to water, electricity, education, training and health.
These can best be achieved through sustainable and smart business ideas, thus creating a “shared value” for the companies putting the business idea in practice as well as the communities and individuals benefiting from the services.
The Summit is divided into two important moments:
1. On the 20th March and 21st Morning, the Shared Value Business Lab to generate creative business ideas addressing development challenges.
2. The EU-African SME Conference on the 21st March afternoon.
The whole Summit has the following objectives:
- To highlight the importance of SMEs in the economic development of Africa;
- To tighten the relationship between SMEs from Africa and Europe;
- To call the European Commission to offer tailor-made solutions for SMEs to support their investments in Africa.
We will be joined by fantastic speakers like:
- Mr. Jean-Claude Tchatchouang, Executive Director at the World Bank Group representing 23 African States
- Mrs. Meike van Ginneken, CEO of the Dutch Development Agency SNV
- Mr. Kebour Ghenna, Executive Director of the Pan-African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI)
- Mr. Koen Doens, Deputy Director-General of DG DEVCO, and last but not least of course
- the president of European Entrepreneurs CEA-PME and of the German BVMW e.V., Prof. Dr. h.c. Mario Ohoven.
And many more!
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