Programme 2019

The two-day program will integrate different formats enabling to focus on a topic of choice, to bring about exchanges of good practices and, finally, leading to recommendations and conclusions. The second edition of this Summit will provide the ideal environment for high-level guests, partners and speakers to engage on key areas of economic transformation such as: 

19:45 - 20:30
Networking Cocktail/ Cocktail de réseautage

An opportunity to network with other participants

20:30 - 23:00
Business Leaders' Dinner (by-invitation-only/sur invitation)

An exclusive VIP dinner

09:00 - 10:00

High-Level Panel: Developing value chains in Africa hold the potential of boosting social cohesion, driving inter-continental and global trade whilst altogether generating growth. In that endeavor, however, many challenges remain. What are they and how to overcome them?

10:00 - 11:00

High-Level Panel: Developing Africa’s agricultural capacity is key in supporting Africa’s growth as today the continent is a net importer of food while it concentrates 50% of the world's uncultivated arable land. How to support this transformation whilst meeting increasingly stringent international regulation on food quality and safety?

11:00 - 11:30
Coffee Break / Pause café

11:30 - 12:15
Meet-the-Expert: Supporting strategic value chains, innovation ecosystems and green transformation / Rencontre avec l'expert: Promotion des chaînes de valeur stratégiques, écosystèmes de l'innovation et transition écologique

'Meet-the-Expert' format is an informal dialogue with well-known personalities for their leadership and expertise in their field. This conversation is focused on supporting strategic value chains, innovation ecosystems and green transformation.

12:30 - 14:15
Networking Lunch (all participants) / Déjeuner de réseautage (tous les participants)

13:30 - 14:00
‘Conversation with…’: Data management and digital technologies as a lever of development for agricultural activities / Le data management et les technologies numériques comme levier de développement des filières agricoles

14:15 - 15:15

High-level Panel: The digital revolution is gradually transforming societies towards greater efficiency and speed. How to ensure that youth can make the most of this opportunity, to learn how to use the technologies and encourage skilled workers to use them to bolster Africa’s capacities?

15:15 - 16:30

Connecting Africa with the adequate infrastructure is essential for accessible, reliable and renewable energy. This in turn is the cornerstone of economic growth and structural transformation. What is lacking and what are the next steps in achieving this?

16:30 - 17:00
Coffee Break / Pause café

17:00 - 17:45

Africa is the only region in the world where more women than men choose to become entrepreneurs. Despite this astounding statistic, male-owned enterprises have six-times more capital than female-owned enterprises, and the lower access to assets affects their ability to obtain loans, and in turn, grow their business. In order to counteract this inequality, governments need to propose policies that foster gender equality would have a tremendous impact on Africa’s growth. What kinds of policies can the governments put in place to foster gender equality? What tips do these successful women have to offer future women on their path to success? Listen to female entrepreneurs and their path to success in business: Dounia Taarji, President of the Hassan II Fund for Economic and Social Development; Shreen Ghaleb, CEO and Founder of Capeesh; and Loufia Akki, Human Resources Director of L’Oréal Morocco.

18:10 - 18:30
Presentation of the Sharing & Steering "Take Aways"/ Présentation des points-clés des séances «Sharing and Steering »


The development of value chains in Africa holds the potential to boost social cohesion, drive inter-continental and global trade whilst generating enormous growth. What are the potential challenges and how to overcome them?


The African continent contains 50 percent of the world's uncultivated arable land, and yet it remains a net importer of food. The development of Africa’s agricultural capacity is the key in supporting Africa’s population growth. The creation of international regulation on food quality and safety will ensure that the cultivation will not only benefit Africa but also the rest of the world. How can Europe support this transformation?


The digital revolution is gradually transforming societies by improving efficiency through new technologies and approaches. Technology remains at the core of development for Africa and the reskilling of the workforce to meet the new usage of technology a contentious issue. What are the key next steps to involving youth in the digital revolution?


Investment in infrastructure and renewable energy sources is vital for economic growth and structural transformation in Africa. How can Europe contribute and what are the next steps to achieving a 100% green Africa? 

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